Under Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998, the Utility Regulator is required 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;
  • men and women generally;
  • persons with a disability and persons without; and
  • persons with dependants and persons without.

The Regulator is also required to have regard to the promotion of good relations between people of different religious belief, political opinion or racial group. The Regulator’s Equality Scheme which has been approved by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, sets out how we propose to fulfil the duties. 

As part of our duty we also:

  • consult as an integral part of the policy making process;
  • conduct  and publish the results of Equality Impact Assessments;
  • report annually to the Equality Commission on the progress made towards implementing the Section 75 duties - Annual Progress Reports.

Our screening reports detail all the policies screened by the Utility Regulator. Reports are updated quarterly.


The screening exercises listed did not identify any adverse or differential impacts for Section 75 groups. As a result, they have, therefore, been screened out from further equality action.

A list of the UR policies considered and screened out are set out in our Policy framework.

Following the completion of the screening process, UR policy screening templates are available by contacting susan.lavery@uregni.gov.uk

Details of policies which were subject to full consultation under UR’s normal procedures are available by contacting ian.campbell@uregni.gov.uk

Further equality documents and publications can be downloaded below:

Equality Scheme 2012-17 

Equality Scheme Consultees

Disability Action Plan

UR Screening Form

UR Guide to Policy Screening

Annual Progress Report