Section 75

The CRED Policy builds on the previous Community Relations Policy and broadens the scope of the work to include wider issues of diversity. This includes respect, understanding and tolerance in relation to all Section 75 groups and linguistic diversity without losing the focus on the continuing need for specific work with children and young people to address equality, discrimination, sectarian attitudes and behaviour.

Section 75 and Schedule 9 to the Northern Ireland Act 1998 came into force on the 01 January 2000 and placed a statutory obligation on public authorities in carrying out their various functions relating to Northern Ireland, to have due regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity –

  • between persons of different religious belief, political opinion, racial group, age,   marital status or sexual orientation;
  • between men and women generally;
  • between persons with a disability and persons without; and
  • between persons with dependants and persons without.

In addition, without prejudice to this obligation, Public Authorities are also required to have regard to the desirability of promoting good relations between persons of different religious belief, political opinion, and racial group.

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