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									           LAGANSIDE CORPORATION




      THE PROVISION OF MANAGED
  WORKSPACE IN CATHEDRAL QUARTER
  FOR ARTS, CULTURAL AND COMMUNITY
            GROUPS POLICY


 EQUALITY IMPACT ASSESSMENT REPORT




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CONTENTS                                             PAGE


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY                                      3


INTRODUCTION                                           5


SECTION 75 REQUIREMENTS                                6


POLICY                                                 7


BACKGROUND                                             8


DATA COLLECTION & CONSULTATION                        10


KEY FINDINGS                                          13


CONCLUSIONS                                           15


APPENDICES


APPENDIX 1 –   LAGANSIDE CORPORATION DESIGNATED AREA MAP
APPENDIX 2 –   CATHEDRAL QUARTER MANAGED WORKSPACE MAP
APPENDIX 3 –   MANAGED WORKSPACE SELECTION CRITERIA
APPENDIX 4 –   MANAGED WORKSPACE CONSULTATION LIST
APPENDIX 5 –   CONSULTATION EVENT FLYER
APPENDIX 6 –   CONSULTATION INFORMATION SHEET
APPENDIX 7 –   CONSULTATION COMMENTS RECORD FORM
APPENDIX 8 –   CONSULTATION COMMENTS SUMMARY




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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY


1.   Laganside Corporation is a non-departmental public body created by the Laganside
     Development (Northern Ireland) Order 1989. The Corporation is a small
     organisation whose parent department is the Department for Social Development.


2.   The Object of the Corporation shall be to secure the regeneration of the designated
     area (Appendix 1). In Cathedral Quarter (Appendix 2) this is achieved in part by the
     provision of managed workspace.


3.   The Provision of Managed Workspace in Cathedral Quarter for Arts, Cultural and
     Community Groups (Managed Workspace) policy states:


     ‘Laganside, where considered necessary to retain and enhance arts, cultural and
     community activity in Cathedral Quarter, will seek to ensure provision of appropriate
     workspace accommodation… The allocation of managed workspace to appropriate
     occupants will be subject to public invitation of interest and assessment based on
     defined criteria.’


4.   Initial screening of the policy did not indicate any impact. However, as it is a recent
     policy, Laganside Corporation considers that it should be one of the first to undergo
     an Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA). The EQIA of the policy, based on the
     criteria set out as Appendix 3, and the layout of this report follow the guidelines
     issued by the Equality Commission.


5.   On the basis of the information gathered and the comments collated during the
     consultation period (Appendix 8), the Corporation considers that the policy does not
     appear to cause, nor is it likely to cause, a differential impact upon any Section 75
     group(s).


6.   The Corporation recognises that physical accessibility to managed workspace
     might be a factor in the promotion of equality of opportunity especially for people
     with a disability. Laganside Corporation is cognisant of the implications of Part III of



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     the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) and will make reasonable adjustments as
     required by Section 21 of the DDA by the deadline date, 2004.


7.   Laganside Corporation will monitor the turnover rate of occupation of the managed
     workspace accommodation. The process for selecting occupants to managed
     workspace accommodation will be monitored and reviewed if necessary and
     appropriate.




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INTRODUCTION


1.   Laganside Corporation is a non-departmental public body created by the Laganside
     Development (Northern Ireland) Order 1989 which came into operation in May
     1989. The Corporation is a small organisation, whose parent Department is the
     Department for Social Development. The Object and Powers of the Corporation are
     described in Part lll of the Order as follows:


2.   The Object of the Corporation shall be to secure the regeneration of the designated
     area. A map showing the Laganside Corporation designated area is attached as
     Appendix 1.


3.   The Object is to be achieved in particular by the following means:
     a. by bringing land and buildings into effective use.
     b. by encouraging public and private investment and the development of existing
           and new industry and commerce.
     c. by creating an attractive environment.
     d. by ensuring that housing, social, recreational and cultural facilities are available
           to encourage people to live and work in the area.


4.   Within this legislative context the aims of the Corporation are set out in its current
     Corporate Plan as:
     w Secure the regeneration of the Laganside area within an agreed strategy for the
           regeneration of Belfast.
     w Commit to the principles of equality, human rights and the targeting of social
           need.
     w Provide significant long-term economic, social and recreational benefits for the
           citizens of Northern Ireland.
     w Engage and secure the participation of local communities in the regeneration of
           the Laganside area.
     w Contribute to the development of a positive international image of Belfast
           leading to increased investment, and encouraging tourism.




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SECTION 75 REQUIREMENTS


5.   Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act (the Act) requires the Corporation in carrying
     out its functions to have due regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity:
     w Between persons of different religious belief, political opinion, racial group, age,
           marital status or sexual orientation.
     w Between men and women generally.
     w Between persons with a disability and persons without.
     w Between persons with dependants and persons without.


6.   In addition and without prejudice to its obligation above the Corporation shall, in
     carrying out its functions, have regard to the desirability of promoting good relations
     between persons of different religious belief, political opinion or racial group.


7.   Schedule 9 of the Act requires the Corporation to set out in an Equality Scheme
     how it proposes to fulfil the duties imposed by Section 75. The Equality Commission
     approved the Equality Scheme for Laganside Corporation in August 2001. The
     Equality Scheme sets out the arrangements for assessing and consulting on the
     likely impact of policies adopted or proposed to be adopted by Laganside
     Corporation on promotion of equality of opportunity. The Provision of Managed
     Workspace in Cathedral Quarter for Arts, Cultural and Community Groups policy
     (Managed Workspace policy) is a recent policy and although this policy showed no
     score against the screening criteria, the Corporation considered that as it is a recent
     policy it should be one of the first to undergo an Equality Impact Assessment
     (EQIA).




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POLICY


8      Laganside’s regeneration strategy for the Cathedral Quarter seeks to retain and
       enhance the area’s distinctive character as an historic part of the city in which is
       located a range of arts, cultural and community activity.


9      Sustainable regeneration requires buildings brought back into effective use and
       provision of social, recreational and cultural facilities to encourage people to live
       and work in the area.


10     Laganside, where considered necessary to retain and enhance arts, cultural and
       community activity in Cathedral Quarter, will seek to ensure provision of
       appropriate workspace accommodation.


11     Such provision will be within the context of Corporate Plan priorities and
       Cathedral Quarter regeneration strategy and development framework. This is
       likely to involve the acquisition and refurbishment by Laganside of a number of
       vacant or under-utilised buildings in the area.


12     The allocation of managed workspace to appropriate occupants will be subject to
       public invitation of interest and assessment based on defined criteria.


13     Arrangements for management of such property will seek to ensure viability,
       sustainability and the achievement of policy objectives.




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BACKGROUND


14     The initial screening process, documented in Laganside Corporation’s Equality
       Scheme, considered the following criteria:


       a. Is there any evidence of higher or lower participation or uptake by different
           groups within the nine categories?
       b. Is there any evidence that different groups have different needs, experiences,
           issues and priorities in relation to the particular main policy area?
       c. Is there an opportunity to better promote equality of opportunity or good
           relations by altering policy or working with others in Government or the
           community at large?
       d. Have consultations in the past with relevant representative organisations or
           individuals within groups indicated that policies create problems that are
           specific to them?


15     Initial screening of the Managed Workspace policy did not indicate any adverse
       impact, however, as it is a recent policy Laganside Corporation considers that it
       should be one of the first to undergo an equality impact assessment.


16     Public invitation of interest for managed workspace was advertised via a public
       notice placed in three newspapers: Belfast Telegraph, Irish News and Newsletter
       on 15th June 2000. Belfast City Council’s Art Exchange magazine also advertised
       managed workspace in Issue 8, July 2000. Laganside Corporation’s news sheet
       ‘Laganlines’ contained articles on the availability of managed workspace in issue
       numbers 5 and 6, dated March 2000 and June 2000 respectively.


17     At this initial stage five managed workspace consultation meetings were held
       with, and three consultation communications were sent to interested
       organisations.




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18     The process which is currently underway for the provision of appropriate
       managed workspace accommodation applies selection criteria based on: ability
       to pay rent, economic viability, best fit, displacement within Cathedral Quarter,
       displacement outside Cathedral Quarter, new activity and contribution to the
       regeneration of Cathedral Quarter.




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DATA COLLECTION & CONSULTATION


19     In order to assess whether there is or likely to be an adverse impact of the policy
       on each of the groups, the following actions were undertaken:


       §    The Laganside Corporation Awareness and Attitude Survey (2001) checked
            for relevant information.
       §    Advice on determining useful baseline data for the Laganside Corporation
            area was sought from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency
            (NISRA).
       §    A review of the criteria (Appendix 3) being used to assess the allocation of
            managed workspace accommodation. Consultation on the Managed
            Workspace policy focussed on the criteria.


20     Equality information is not currently requested on the managed workspace
       application form, this will be kept under review pending Equality Commission
       guidance/advice.


21     Laganside Corporation, through an EQIA consultation document, sought
       comment on the EQUALITY IMPACT issues specific to the Managed Workspace
       policy.


22     In addition to relevant interest groups, the Equality Commission and other public
       bodies, voluntary, community and trade union groups, Laganside Corporation
       consulted with other groups with a legitimate interest in the policy. 31
       organisations were sent a copy of the consultation document. All 67 managed
       workspace applicants and 120 members of the Cathedral Quarter Forum were
       specifically advised that the EQIA consultation document was available and were
       sent an invitation to comment. 55 requests for a copy of the consultation
       document were processed.




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23     The organisations consulted (Appendix 4) on the EQIA consultation document
       goes beyond the original list set out in the initially submitted (to the Equality
       Commission in June 2000) draft Equality Scheme for consulting on this policy
       and takes account of a better understanding of the issues involved and Equality
       Commission guidance.


24     The availability of the EQIA consultation document was advertised in the Belfast
       Telegraph, Irish News and Newsletter on 26th February 2001. The EQIA
       consultation document was also available on Laganside Corporation’s website.


25     A one-day consultation event was organised. Following the commitment given in
       the Equality Scheme, the Corporation specifically considered the following
       consultation event arrangements:
       §   the time of day – it was a daylong event, so consultees could ‘drop-in’ at their
           convenience.
       §   the appropriateness of the venue - it was held in the Cathedral Quarter and
           the venue was accessible by those with disabilities.
       §   how the event was to be run – ‘drop-in’ format with staff available for
           discussion.
       §   the use of appropriate language – an information paper and display boards
           were available together with the EQIA consultation document.
       §   whether a signer was necessary – it was decided that a signer would not be
           necessary.
       §   the provision of childcare – as the consultation was in a ‘drop-in’ format it was
           felt that provision of childcare was not an issue.
       The Corporation also provided refreshments.


26     Invitations to attend the consultation event were sent to all managed workspace
       applicants and Cathedral Quarter Forum members. A Flyer (Appendix 5)
       advertising the event was produced and distributed around businesses located in
       Cathedral Quarter. The event was advertised in the Belfast Telegraph and Irish
       News on 19th March 2001, and in the Newsletter on 23rd March 2001.




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27     An information sheet (Appendix 6) produced to aid consultees’ understanding of
       consultation on the Managed Workspace policy was made available at the
       consultation event in addition to the EQIA consultation document.


28     The consultation period lasted from 23rd February to 20th April 2001, however
       comments received after the closing date have been considered.


29     Laganside Corporation put in place arrangements which enabled relevant
       information to be available in Braille, large print, and audiocassette and minority
       languages to meet the needs of those not fluent in English.




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KEY FINDINGS


30     From the actions set out in paragraph 19, the following information has been
       ascertained:


31     The Laganside Corporation Awareness and Attitude survey (2001) indicated that
       86% of surveyed residents rated ‘Provide a base for the arts in the City’ important
       with regards to developments associated with Laganside Corporation. 67% were
       satisfied with the performance of Laganside Corporation against this same
       statement.


32     In the same survey 85% of business respondents rated ‘Provide a base for the
       arts in the City’ important with regards to developments associated with
       Laganside Corporation. 71% were satisfied with the performance of Laganside
       Corporation against this same statement.


33     NISRA advised that relevant statistical information is not available as the
       geographical area to which the policy applies is too small.


34     A total of 67 applications for managed workspace have been received to date.


35     Information/data regarding the religion, political opinion, gender, race, age,
       marital status, disability, dependants or sexual orientation about any of the
       organisations that submitted applications for managed workspace had not been
       requested on the application form and hence was not accessible.


36     A ‘Comments Record Form’ (Appendix 7) was developed and made available
       during the daylong consultation event. The Comments Record Form had three
       statements against which consultees were asked to tick the appropriate boxes.


37     Nine completed forms were received and the outcome is recorded overleaf:




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                                                                                      Left
                                                                          Yes   No
                                                                                     Blank
      Statement 1:   I was aware of the ‘Managed Workspace’ policy        5     4      0
      Statement 2: The assessment information was understandable          5     1      3
      Statement 3: The selection criteria offer equality of opportunity   5     1      3




38     Two written responses were received. A summary of the comments made by all
       the consultees is set out as Appendix 8.




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CONCLUSIONS


39     The Managed Workspace policy applies to specific proposed locations in the
       Cathedral Quarter area of Belfast (Appendix 2). The policy has a specific
       purpose as set out in point 8 of this document, and the allocation of managed
       workspace will be determined using defined criteria (Appendix 3).


40     On the basis of the comments received, both during and after the consultation
       period, and the information gathered thus far the Corporation, through the
       Steering Group, considers that the policy does not appear to cause, nor is it likely
       to cause, a differential impact upon any Section 75 group(s).


41     Although there was no evidence to suggest an adverse differential impact within
       any of the Section 75 categories using the specified criteria on applications for
       managed workspace, Laganside Corporation considered if there were any
       actions which might better achieve the promotion of equality of opportunity.
       Physical access was taken into account whilst refurbishing the Royal Avenue
       building. This building now has a ramped access, a lift, toilets for disabled people
       and a visual/audio fire alarm system.


42     Laganside Corporation is cognisant of the implications of Part lll of the Disability
       Discrimination Act (DDA) and will make reasonable adjustments as required by
       Section 21 of the DDA by the deadline date, 2004.


43     It has been noted during the selection process, which is still currently underway,
       that a number of applicants have spontaneously voiced their approval of, and
       commitment to, the managed workspace buildings being ‘neutral’ areas where all
       groups will feel comfortable.




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44     In terms of monitoring the policy Laganside Corporation will:
       §   Monitor the turnover rate of occupation of the managed workspace
           accommodation.
       §   Monitor the process for selecting occupants to managed workspace
           accommodation and review if necessary and appropriate.


45     Laganside Corporation will publish monitoring results as set out in the Equality
       Scheme.


46     If the monitoring and evaluation show that the policy results in greater adverse
       impact than predicted, or if opportunities arise which would allow for greater
       equality of opportunity to be promoted, Laganside Corporation will ensure that
       the policy is revised.


47     Should any new evidence/data become available, Laganside Corporation will
       take it into consideration.


48     Laganside Corporation will monitor any equality of opportunity complaints which
       may result from the implementation of this policy.


49     Laganside Corporation has put in place arrangements which will enable a copy of
       the EQIA report to be available in Braille, large print, and audiocassette and
       minority languages for those who are not fluent in English. These formats will be
       produced on request within a reasonable timescale.




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50     To obtain a copy in any of these formats please contact:
       Concepta McGibbon – Equality Officer
       Laganside Corporation
       Clarendon Building
       15 Clarendon Road
       Belfast BT1 3BG
       Tel: 028 9032 8507
       Fax: 028 9033 2141
       Text phone: 028 9024 8609
       Email: concepta@laganside.com


51     This EQIA report will also be available on our internet site at
       http://www.laganside.com




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                                                                           APPENDIX 4
                                                                         Consultee List




Age Concern
Applicants*
Arts Council of Northern Ireland
Belfast City Council
Belfast Harbour Commissioners
CAJ - Committee on the Administration of Justice
Carers National Association
Cathedral Quarter Forum**
Cathedral Quarter Trust
Community Arts Forum
Community Relations Council
CoSO - Coalition on Sexual Orientation
Department for Social Development
Disability Action
East Belfast Community Development Agency
East Belfast Partnership Board
Equality Commission for Northern Ireland
Greater Shankill Partnership Board
niacro - NI Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders
NICEM - NI Council for Ethnic Minorities
NIPSA
North Belfast Partnership Board
Northern Ireland Youth Forum
Open Door Housing Association
Parents Advice Centre NI
River Users' Forum
RNID
South Belfast Partnership Board
The Arts and Disability Forum
UBIARU - Ulster Branch of the Irish Amateur Rowing Association
West Belfast Economic Forum
West Belfast Partnership Board

     *   67 applications were received for managed workspace, all applicants were sent
     an invitation to comment.

**       The Cathedral Quarter Forum consists of 120 individuals/organisations, all were
         sent an invitation to comment.




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                                      APPENDIX 5
                               Consultation Event
                                             Flyer




        Invites you to comment on
              Equality Impact
          issues specific to their
     ‘Managed Workspace’ Policy
                    at a
        CONSULTATION EVENT
    On: Thursday, 29th March 2001
         Call in anytime between:
               10am & 4pm
      In: Unit 23, North St. Arcade




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                                                                           APPENDIX 6
                                                            Consultation Information
                                                                               Sheet

                            ‘Managed Workspace’
                   CONSULTATION EVENT INFORMATION SHEET


      ‘The objective of the Cathedral Quarter Regeneration Strategy is
    to create a dynamic and distinctive mixed use, historical and cultural
                    quarter within the centre of Belfast.’


Introduction

There is an existing art community voluntary sector established within the Cathedral
Quarter due mainly to the availability of accommodation at cheap rents. However, a
recent study has identified that many of these existing groups may be forced to leave
the area and others discouraged from locating here because of increasing rent and
property values.

Laganside recognises that expectations have been raised within the property
development community who seek to maximise returns from their investment while the
expectations of the arts, cultural and community sector have similarly been raised.

Laganside Managed Workspace

Laganside has acquired three buildings within Cathedral Quarter that have been
identified as having the potential to be developed for the arts and cultural uses. These
buildings are: Cotton Court in Waring Street; Shah Din at 23/25 Donegall Street and
Northern Bank at 109/113 Royal Avenue.

The objective of managed workspace is to:

w     refurbish existing vacant buildings to permit positive reuse.
w     secure affordable rents to benefit the art and community organisations.
w     achieve a ‘ladder of provision’ support scheme.
w     achieve partnership between the art/community sector, Belfast City Council and
      Arts Council Northern Ireland.
w     encourage progression to sustainability.

Laganside recognised that there would be considerable interest from a number of
organisations seeking permanent affordable accommodation within Cathedral Quarter.

To successfully create an appropriate mix of cultural and community activity within
Cathedral Quarter, the following criteria are being applied to select appropriate groups
or users to occupy the three managed workspace buildings:

w     Ability to pay rent.
w     Economic viability.
w     Best fit.
w     Displacement within Cathedral Quarter.
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w     Displacement outside Cathedral Quarter.
w     New activity.
w     Contribution to the regeneration of Cathedral Quarter.

The selection process is currently taking place for the Royal Avenue building.

What is this consultation event about?

Laganside is fully committed to fulfilling its duties arising from Section 75 of the Northern
Ireland Act 1998 (the Act).

‘Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act requires Laganside in carrying out its functions to
have due regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity:

w     between persons of different religious belief, political opinion, racial group, age,
      marital status or sexual orientation.
w     between men and women generally.
w     between persons with a disability and persons without.
w     between persons with dependents and persons without.

In addition and without prejudice to its obligations above, Laganside shall, in carrying
out its functions, have regard to the desirability of promoting good relations between
persons of different religious belief, political opinion or racial group’.

Schedule 9 of the Act requires Laganside to set out in an Equality Scheme how it
proposes to fulfil the duties imposed by Section 75. The Equality Scheme has been sent
to the Equality Commission for approval. The Equality Scheme sets out the
arrangements for performing Equality Impact Assessments.

An Equality Impact Assessment is a thorough and systematic analysis of a policy with
particular reference to the nine equality categories as defined in the Act. The following
steps make up an Equality Impact Assessment:

•      Consideration of available Data and Research
•      Assessment of Impacts.
•      Consideration.
•      Consultation.
•      Decision.
•      Publication.
•      Monitor.

The primary aim of the assessment is to determine the extent of differential impact upon
the relevant groups.

Laganside is in the process of performing an Equality Impact Assessment on the
‘Managed Workspace’ policy. Consultation is a very important step in performing an
Equality Impact Assessment.

What are we consulting on?


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Laganside is using this consultation event to primarily gather your comments on the
EQUALITY IMPACT issues specific to its ‘Managed Workspace’ policy.

The following actions have been undertaken to assess whether there is or likely to be
an adverse impact of the policy on each of the groups:

w     Laganside Awareness and Attitude Survey (2001) checked for relevant
      information.
w     Advice on determining useful baseline data for the Laganside area was sought
      from NISRA.
w     A review of the criteria being used to assess the allocation of managed workspace
      accommodation will be undertaken.

The Laganside Awareness and Attitude Survey indicated that:
86% of surveyed residents and 85% of business respondents rated ‘Provide a base for
the Arts in the City’ important with regards to developments associated with Laganside.

67% of surveyed residents and 71% of business respondents were satisfied with the
performance of Laganside against this same statement.

NISRA advised that relevant statistical information for the Cathedral Quarter area is not
available as the geographical area to which the policy applies is too small.

Public invitation of interest for managed workspace was advertised via a public notice
placed on 15th June 2000 in three newspapers: Belfast Telegraph, Irish News and
Newsletter.

Five managed workspace consultation meetings were held with, and three consultation
communications sent to, interested organisations.

A total of 67 applications for managed workspace have been received to date.

Why do we need to consult?

It is very important that Laganside, through consultation, is aware of the views that
consulted groups may have regarding the EQUALITY IMPACT issues specific to the
‘Managed Workspace’ policy.

The Equality Scheme sets out Laganside’s commitment to ensuring that its
consultations are timely, open and inclusive.

Laganside has also committed to consulting with groups clearly likely to be affected by
the policy. This will be carried out by allowing for written submissions and face-to-face
meetings with interested parties.

The following actions have been taken to consult:

w     The ‘Managed Workspace’ policy Equality Impact Assessment Consultation
      Document was initially posted to 31 organisations. A further 41 requests have
      been received for a copy.

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w     An invitation to comment has been sent to the managed workspace applicants and
      the members of the Cathedral Quarter Forum.
w     The Consultation Document has been made available on Laganside’s website.
w     Consultation advertisements have been published in the Belfast Telegraph, Irish
      News and News Letter newspapers.
w     Today’s Consultation Event is taking place.

Your views on the Equality of Opportunity of the CRITERIA being used to assess the
allocation of managed workspace accommodation are welcome.

You may comment on any Equality of Opportunity issues that you feel are important for
Laganside to take into account when reaching a decision on the impact of this policy.

Please use the ‘Comments Record Form’ to record your comment(s).




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                                                                              APPENDIX 7
                                                                   Consultation Comments
                                                                              Record Form




                              ‘Managed Workspace’ Policy
                        Equality Impact Issues Consultation Event
                                Thursday, 29th March 2001.
                               Unit 23 North Street Arcade

                                 Comments Record Form

                      Thank-you for attending the Consultation Event.
                    Please complete the sections below and record your
                               Equality Impact comments

             Name:
             Organisation:
             Address:




           Please tick the appropriate boxes:
                                                                         Yes No
               1. I was aware of the ‘Managed Workspace’ policy
               2. The assessment information was understandable
               3. The selection criteria offer equality of opportunity


            Other Equality Impact comments:




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                                                                         APPENDIX 8
                                                      Consultation Comments Summary


  A total of 9 Comments Record Forms and two letters were received.

  The Comment Record Form had three statements against which consultees were asked
  to tick the appropriate boxes: the outcome is recorded below:
                                                                                    Left
                                                                     Yes     No
                                                                                   Blank

Statement 1: I was aware of the ‘Managed Workspace’ policy            5       4         0

Statement 2: The assessment information was understandable            5       1         3

Statement 3: The selection criteria offer equality of opportunity     5       1         3


  There was also opportunity on the Comments Record Form to record other equality
  impact comments. Comments relating to matters outside the equality impact of the
  Managed Workspace policy were also noted and are referred to below. Laganside’s
  response is in italics:


  No comment – other than self-explanatory equality policy. Comment noted.

  Hoping the Arcade carries out business as usual. Viva la arcade! Comments noted.

  Three consultees referred to the provision of crèche facilities. In considering the
  provision of crèche facilities Laganside sought advice from a number of sources
  including Social Services. Laganside has subsequently made space available in the
  Royal Avenue managed workspace building which may be developed as a crèche
  facility by the relevant managed workspace tenant.

  One consultee was concerned to ensure that Laganside seeks to encourage groups
  who benefit from managed workspace to be aware of equality issues in terms of their
  own constituencies. This would be a matter for the Equality Commission with regards to
  the application of legislation. Laganside will continue to fully implement the
  requirements and recommendations of the Equality Commission.

  One consultee asked about the possibility of having ‘green’ space in Cathedral Quarter.
  Comment noted.




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Two letters were received which set out comments on the consultation document. The
comments, together with Laganside’s response (in italics) are set out below:


Four questions posed as assessment criteria (for screening) deemed appropriate.
Noted, the screening process was established by the Equality Commission.

Application form did not seek information relevant to questions posed (for screening).
The screening exercise was completed prior to the equality impact assessment.


Question conclusions drawn from available data and its relationships to four questions
(in screening), hence conclusion cannot be proven. There was no available evidence at
the screening stage to suggest impact, however the equality impact assessment
considered each Section 75 category. Laganside will continue to take account of any
evidence which may come to light.


Suggest resurvey applicants to draw more substantive info, hence make more robust
(screening) conclusions. The screening exercise was completed prior to the equality
impact assessment. The equality impact assessment process, as laid down by the
Equality Commission, requires Laganside to monitor the impact of the policy and review
this on an annual basis. The results of this monitoring will be published.


Tension between intentions laid down and procedure adopted. Laganside has
addressed issues referred to directly with the arts groups concerned and we are
satisfied that the procedures adopted have been implemented in the spirit of our
Equality Scheme to provide equality of opportunity to all sections of the community.

Interested to learn of the Attitude and Awareness survey, (consultee) surprised that they
had not been made aware of it. Laganside will make the outcomes of the survey
available on request.

What does NISRA stands for? Northern Ireland Statistics & Research Agency.

Selection based on ability to pay rent may cause impact on certain groups. To ensure
viability and sustainability of the Managed Workspace policy objectives depends upon
all groups within the managed workspace meeting the costs of running the building.




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