Austerity and Inequality: A threat to peace?

Synopsis: As those directly affected are well aware austerity has been biting in Northern Ireland for years. The cuts and spending plans of the new UK government and the ‘finance and welfare’ changes envisaged in their earlier brokered Stormont House Agreement plan however to take austerity to new levels and have already destabilised the political institutions at Stormont.

As elsewhere austerity almost always exacerbates inequalities and poverty. Within a divided and post conflict society however such impacts carry additional risks. Elements of the peace agreements to date from the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement on also included provisions and frameworks whose objective was to move away from historic patterns of inequality and disadvantage. Yet austerity now threatens to put what progress has been achieved into reverse.

This one day conference explored perspectives on the impacts of austerity from home and abroad; and will seek to address the question of the immediate and long term impacts of austerity on inequality in Northern Ireland.

Austerity and Inequality: ‘A Threat to Peace?’ Conference Report 2015

 Northern visions covered both our Stormont House Agreement Austerity and Inequality events in April 2015 and Oct 2015 

Equality Coalition Recent Achievements Booklet 2015/16

Equality Coalition Achievements 2015/16

Equality Coalition Effective Consultation Guidance 2016

Effective Consultation 2016

Equality Coalition Recent Achievements Booklet 2014/15

Equality Coalition Achievements 2014/15

Equality Coalition response to the OFMDFM Childcare Strategy Consultation – November 2015

EC Response to Childcare Strategy Nov 15

Equality Coalition Key Points arising from the Austerity and Inequality Conference 15 October 2015

Equality Coalition Austerity and inequality conference key points (Nov 2015)

Equality Coalition response to the OFMDFM Consultation on Proposals to Extend Age Discrimination Legislation (Age Goods, Facilities and Services)

Equality Coalition Age GFS Consultation Response Oct 2015

Expert Paper on Good Relations in Northern Ireland

Good Relations in NI: Towards a definition in Law Oct 2014

Expert Paper on Sectarianism in Northern Ireland

Sectarianism in NI: Towards a definition in Law April 2014

DUP Conscience Clause Submission February 2015

Equality Coaltion submission to DUP conscience clause consultation (February 2015)

DOJ Consultation on the Criminal Law on Abortion January 2015

EC submission to DOJ consultation on the criminal law on abortion January 2015

Submission to the NI Executive on the Budget 2015

Submission from the Equality Coalition to the Northern Ireland Executive Budget 2015

Submission to the New 11 District Councils on Draft Equality Schemes

EC Submission to the new 11 District Councils Draft Equality Schemes

Austerity and Welfare Reform Action for UN Anti-Poverty Day

EC letter to SoS welfare reform Oct 2014

Letter from the NI Secretary of State 31 Oct 2014

Equality Coalition EQIA on Welfare Reform April 2014

Welfare Reform Evidence- Impacts on the 9 Equality Categories

Submission to DHSSPS on Transforming Your Care January 2013

Submission from the Equality Coalition to the Transforming Your Care Consultation (January 2013)

Submission to the Ad Hoc Committee on Conformity with Equality Requirements December 2012

Ad Hoc Committee on conformity with Equality requirements – Equality Coalition written submission (December 2012)