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Equality Matters

We are committed to treating all our customers (and staff members) fairly and to promoting good relations. We are opposed to all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination.

Equality Duty

Habinteg is designated as a public authority for the purposes of Equality in accordance with Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998. This became effective on 8 October 2004. We have continued to embrace our statutory duty as core to our business and produce a comprehensive Equality Scheme.

Implementation of the Habinteg Equality Scheme impacts on each Habinteg employee, including how we do our jobs and how we conduct ourselves in our daily business; it affects how we relate to customers and to our colleagues. Awareness-raising of this key initiative is ongoing and all staff are made aware of key equality issues, particularly the nine main equality categories listed below. Where relevant, staff are trained on key aspects in relation to the Equality Duty and Policy review and development is greatly influenced by the requirements of the Section 75 Duty.

Category groups

Religious Belief: Protestant; Catholic; Hindu; Jewish; Muslim; Buddhist; Sikh; other religion; people of no religious belief.

Political opinion: Unionists generally; Nationalist generally; members/supporters of any political party.

Racial group:
Chinese; Irish Traveller; Indian; Pakistani; Bangladeshi; Black African; Black Caribbean; White; mixed ethnic; any ethnic group / nationality.

Men and women generally: Men (including boys); women (including girls), transgender people, transsexual people.

Marital status: Married people; unmarried people; divorced or separated people; widowed people.

Age: For most purposes, the main categories are: those under 18; people aged between 18 and 65; and people over 65. However, the definition of age groups needs to be sensitive to the policy under consideration.

Persons with a disability: Persons with a disability as defined in Sections 1
and 2 and Schedules 1 and 2 of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

Persons with dependants: Persons with personal responsibility for the care of a child; persons with personal responsibility for the care of a person with an incapacitating disability; persons with personal responsibility for the care of a dependant elderly person.

Sexual orientation: Gay; lesbian; bisexual; heterosexual.

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