The purpose of this Equality Impact Assessment is to measure the impact that the Department's policy proposals in the single Bill may have on section 75 groups (Northern Ireland Act 1998). This paper aims firstly to set out in summary form the key policy proposals which the Department has developed; and secondly, to identify any impact that such proposals might have.
The policy proposals have yet to be approved by the Minister and the Executive and the responses to the consultation on this EQIA will inform their final decisions.
The consultation period on the Mental Capacity (Health, Welfare and Finance) Bill: Equality Impact Assessment closed on 31 October 2010. In total, 36 responses were received.