Observations on the Equality (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017

The Commission welcomes the publication of the Equality  (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017  and the emerging consensus on the principle of prohibiting discrimination on the basis of ‘disadvantaged socio-economic status’.

The Commission makes preliminary observations on the proposals under the Bill, addressing the following matters:

  1. Context of the legislative proposal
  2. Legal bases for the new ground of discrimination
  3. Proposal to define ‘socio-­‐economic status’
  4. Conclusion