Consultation on the DAERA Disability Action Plan 2019-2024

Closed 4 Jul 2021

Opened 29 Mar 2021

Results updated 5 Jul 2021



The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (as amended by the Disability Discrimination) (Northern Ireland) (Order 2006) requires public authorities, when carrying out their functions, to have due regard to the need to:

  • promote positive attitudes towards disabled people
  • encourage participation by disabled people in public life

Under section 49B of the DDA 1995 Act, public authorities are required to submit disability action plans to the Equality Commission showing how they propose to fulfil the disability duties in relation to their functions.

The Department would welcome your comments on the proposed action measures in the Disability Action Plan or views on other ways in which the commitment to the disability duties could be better demonstrated. 

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act gives the public a right of access to any information held by a public authority, namely the department in this case. This right of access to information includes information provided in response to a consultation.  Comments will not normally be treated as confidential unless there is a good reason, capable of being justified to the Information Commissioner.


What happens next

A summary of responses to this consultation will be published on the DAERA website at:

The summary will include a list of organisations who responded but not personal names, addresses or other contact details. Your response, and all other responses to the consultation, may be disclosed on request.  The Department can only refuse to disclose information in exceptional circumstances.  Before you submit your response, please read the paragraphs below on the confidentiality of consultations and they will give you guidance on the legal position about any information given by you in response to this consultation.


Information provided in response to this consultation, including personal information, maybe made available to the public on request, in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). DAERA may also publish the responses to the FOIA/EIR requests on


Section 8(e) of the Data Protection Act 2018 permits processing of personal data when necessary for an activity that supports or promotes democratic engagement.  Information provided by respondents to this stakeholder engagement exercise will be held and used for the purposes of the administration of this current exercise and subsequently disposed of in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation. For more information and to view the DAERA Privacy Statement please go to:


The FOI Act gives the public a right of access to any information held by a public authority, namely, the Department in this case.  This right of access to information includes information provided in response to a consultation.  The Department cannot automatically consider as confidential, information supplied to it in response to a consultation.  However, it does have the responsibility to decide whether any information provided by you in response to this consultation, including information about your identity should be made public or be treated as confidential.  If you do not wish information about your identity to be made public please include an explanation in your response including any harm you believe such a disclosure might cause.


This means that information provided by you in response to the consultation is unlikely to be treated as confidential, except in very particular circumstances.  The Lord Chancellor’s Code of Practice on the FOI Act provides that:


The Department should only accept information from third parties in confidence if it is necessary to obtain that information in connection with the exercise of any of the Department’s functions and it would not otherwise be provided;


The Department should not agree to hold information received from third parties “in confidence” which is not confidential in nature acceptance by the Department of confidentiality provisions must be for good reasons, capable of being justified to the Information Commissioner.


For further information about confidentiality of responses please contact the Information Commissioner’s Office, or visit the ICO Website.




DAERA is the data controller in respect of any personal data that you provide, and

DAERA’s Privacy Statement document, which gives details of your rights in respect of the handling of your personal data, can be found at:


The consultation is open from 29 March 2021. This is a twelve week consultation therefore responses should be received by 04 July 2021. Consultation responses may be emailed to


Or sent by post to:


Equality Unit

111 Ballykelly Road



BT49 9HF


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