Fermanagh and Omagh District Council undertake a wide range of data-led projects. A selection of some of the most prominent projects are summarised below:
Socio-Economic Profile - March 2022
The Fermanagh & Omagh district is the largest in Northern Ireland (NI) by land mass and the smallest in terms of population. It is home to 117,000 people, 70% of whom live outside the two main towns. It is an area of great natural beauty and the location of 10% of all NI’s businesses, the vast majority of these being micro-enterprises. This landscape and sparse population provide challenges in terms of service provision. This socio-economic profile of the district aims to provide an overview of the latest available data across several topic areas –from population and well-being to housing and employment. The profile draws comparisons across NI and the Republic of Ireland where possible to give a better sense of where Fermanagh & Omagh currently finds itself. We have summarised a range of indicators under the three headings of People, Place and Economy in the infographic below.
Residents' Survey 2021 - March 2021
Overall, the results from the survey are positive, with 84% of residents satisfied with the Council. This level of satisfaction compares favourably with the 67% of residents satisfied with the Council back in 2018, and benchmarks well against other Northern Ireland Councils and Councils in GB who averaged 67% in the latest survey.
The generally positive sentiment expressed by residents towards the Council is evidenced by other findings, with most (79%) residents seeing the Council as responsive to the needs of local people. On the key indicator of reputation, again the Council scores relatively well at 72% approval, which represents a significant improvement on the 2018 figure of 58%.
With the Covid-19 pandemic, the last 24 months have been challenging for all public bodies in Northern Ireland, not least local Councils. However, the survey provides reassurance that the Council’s response to the pandemic has been valued by residents, with most (87%) saying that the Council has responded well. Nevertheless the pandemic has had a significant impact on residents, with just over half (52%) reporting a negative impact on household finances.
The pandemic has also highlighted the variability in broadband provision across the District, with almost half (45%) saying that poor internet provision has been a challenge when working or studying from home. This issue of broadband connectivity was also highlighted in the focus groups with residents, with calls for the Council to continue to use its influence to ensure all residents are able to enjoy the benefits of a high quality broadband service. This is particularly important for the Council given that more services have moved online, with just under half (45%) of residents having used an online Council service. Indeed, and possibly as a result of the pandemic, the overwhelming majority (87%) of residents are supportive of the Council providing more services online where appropriate, albeit with the caveat that services still need to be accessible non-digitally to accommodate those residents who may struggle with poor broadband coverage, may have poor computer literacy, or who are not comfortable with using online methods to access services.
A more comprehensive overview of the survey results can be viewed in the download links below.
Poverty Conferences - February 2020 and March 2022
As part of our shared values and principles for our vision of Fermanagh and Omagh in 2030, the Council will prioritise resources and activities towards targeting areas where deprivation and poverty are evident so as to narrow the gap between our most and least deprived communities.
The Council hosted a number of Poverty Conferences in recent years. Poverty Conference ‘The Struggle is Real: Living on the Poverty Line – A Call to Action’ was held on Monday 24th February 2020.
The presentations and and profiles of each of the speakers can be viewed here.
A further conference, reviewing the impact of the rising cost of living on local communities in the Fermanagh and Omagh District, was held online on Tuesday 29th March 2022. The presentation can be viewed here.