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“In pursuance of its powers under Section 75, Schedule 9, 2, (2) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and Section 49B (5) of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI) has granted an exemption to the Livestock and Meat Commission for Northern Ireland as regards the production of an equality scheme and disability action plan. This exemption was granted in January 2018.
Exemptions to the production of an equality scheme and disability action plan are only granted in exceptional circumstances. When making its decision the ECNI took into account the current limited scope of the LMC’s functions and activities in Northern Ireland.
The exemption relates to the duty to produce an equality scheme and disability action plan and not to the Section 75 duties and Disability Duties respectively. Therefore, although the Livestock and Meat Commission for Northern Ireland may be exempt from producing an equality scheme, it will still be subject to the Section 75 duties and the duties of Section 49A of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.”