Dependants (NI only)


The Equality Commission has defined a person with a dependant as an individual who has personal responsibility for the care of:

  • a child or children
  • a person with a disability
  • a dependent older person

The legislation also applies to individuals who have no dependants.


Northern Ireland

Section 75 places a statutory duty on public authorities, in carrying out their functions relating to Northern Ireland, to have due regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity between persons with dependants and persons without.