The Utility Regulator has today published its Disability Action Plan and invites views/comments thereon.
Under Section 49A of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA 1995) (as amended by Article 5 of the Disability Discrimination (Northern Ireland) Order 2006), the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation (the Authority) is required when carrying out its functions to have due regard to the need to:
• promote positive attitudes towards disabled people; and
• encourage participation by disabled people in public life (‘the disability duties’).
Under Section 49B of the DDA 1995, the Authority is also required to submit to the Equality Commission a disability action plan showing how it proposes to fulfil these duties in relation to its functions.
Comments on the proposals are invited by 04 July 07 preferably in electronic format to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Disability Action Plan can be viewed from this website or alternatively a paper copy can be obtained by contacting Ian Campbell at:
Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation
14 Queen Street
Tel: 028 9031 1575 Fax: 028 9031 1740
Copies of the paper will be made available in large print, Braille, audio cassette easy read or on computer disk and a variety of relevant minority languages if required.