Equality Impact Assessment: Flying of the Union Flag

Update: 26.10.22

The Council is committed to ensuring it meets its equality and good relations duties and responsibilities, as identified in Section 75 of The Northern Ireland Act 1998. As part of this commitment, an Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) has been undertaken on the Proposed Revisions to the Council’s Policy on the Flying of the Union Flag. As part of the consultation process for the EQIA, the Council is holding a further engagement session for those that could not attend previous meetings.

 This will be an online meeting using ZOOM.  This session will focus on views about the Flying of the Union Flag at the Council’s Church Street Office, Newtownards and designated War Memorials in the Borough.

 Topic: EQIA 2022

Time: 1st November 2022 at 19:00 PM London

 Join Zoom Meeting via this link

Meeting ID: 884 7898 6757

Passcode: 820377

*Please note, meeting link, meeting ID and Passcode were updated on this website on Tuesday 1 November at 1.20pm. The previously supplied meeting details will not allow access to the EQIA meeting.

Update: 19.10.22

Following the Public Consultation on Proposed Revisions to the Council's Policy on the Flying of the Union Flag, some respondents had indicated that they wished Ards and North Down Borough Council to hold a Public Meeting in relation to this EQIA.

The Council is committed to ensuring it meets its equality and good relations duties and responsibilities, as identified in Section 75 of The Northern Ireland Act 1998.

As part of the consultation process for the EQIA, the Council will be holding engagement sessions in the form of public meetings on Monday 24th October 2022 at:
All members of the public are welcome to attend and registration is not required.

  • Portaferry Market House, The Square, Portaferry, BT22 1LR: 12 noon to 1pm
  • Ards Blair Mayne Wellbeing and Leisure Complex, Newtownards, BT23 4DB: Function room 1, 7pm – 8pm

Ards and North Down Borough Council is carrying out a 12 week consultation on the proposed revisions to the Council's 'Policy on the Flying of the Union Flag'.

At the Council Meeting on 30 March 2022, it was RESOLVED that, subject to the completion of an equality impact assessment, Council amends the current flag policy to fly the Union Flag at every war memorial all year round, and will also include the Church Street, Newtownards, Council building

The EQIA Draft Consultation Report is available to download below. 

Please click on this link to access the online questionnaire about the proposal.  This is anonymous unless you wish to be identified.

Public Consultation on Proposed Revisions to the Council's Policy on the Flying of the Union Flag

The closing date for comments is Thursday 1September at 4.00pm.

The final EQIA Decision Report will be made available on this website following analysis of all responses and consideration of same by the Council.

 

Using your Personal Information

Ards and North Down Borough Council takes your right to personal privacy seriously. Personal information you supply within a submission will be used by the Council for the purposes of administering the Equality Impact Assessment and is processed as part of the Council’s statutory obligations under section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.

 Submissions are confidential and will not be shared with third parties, however, will be held by the Council for a period of seven years when they will be reviewed for destruction.  

 If you have a data protection query, please put your request in writing, stating clearly who you are and your query to:

Data Protection Officer, Ards and North Down Borough Council, Town Hall, The Castle, Bangor, BT20 4BT
Email: dataprotection@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk
Tel: 0300 013 3333
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