Under section 3 of the Local Government Finance Act (Northern Ireland) 2011, ‘in each financial year a council shall cause to be submitted to it estimates of the income and expenditure of the council during the next financial year…..and shall fix for the next financial year the amount estimated to be raised by means of rates made by the council.’
Rates are a levy on your property. The income collected by Land and Property Services (LPS) from rates on domestic and business properties provides funding for services at a local level i.e. Fermanagh and Omagh District Council area, and a regional (Northern Ireland wide) level.
Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has struck an inflationary District Rate increase of 3% for 2018/19.
The district rates process is undertaken annually by the Council to meet its legislative requirements to ensure that there is sufficient resource in place to support the delivery of Council services and investment in local infrastructure for the forthcoming financial year, while ensuring that the rate is affordable for ratepayers.
The domestic District Rate (paid by residents) for 2018/19 is 0.3488p – a rise of 3%
This represents an increase of £0.93 per month on the District Rate element of the rates bill for the average household (domestic ratepayer) within the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council area.
The non-domestic District Rate (paid by businesses) is 21.3348p – a rise of 3%.
This represents an increase of £8.54 per month on the District Rate element of the rates bill for the average business (non-domestic ratepayer) within the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council area.
The total amount of rates paid by Fermanagh and Omagh District residents and businesses is made up from a combination of the Regional Rate and the District Rate.
The Regional Rate is set by Central Government and represents the largest portion of the overall rates bill which residents and businesses pay. The Regional Rate contributes towards the cost of providing services such as roads; education; health provision; emergency services; law and order; social services and community development.
As the Regional Rate has not yet been set by Central Government (as of 9 February 2018) the overall impact on domestic and non-domestic rates bills cannot be determined at this time.
The District Rate is used to fund and improve key local Council services such as:
- refuse collection and recycling
- leisure and recreation
- building control
- tourism and events
- community services
- economic development
- environmental health
- registration of births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships
- community planning
It is also used to invest in key capital and infrastructure projects within the district to enhance the quality of life and the local environment for all.
For the financial year 2018/19 the percentages of the total rates paid which go to the Council and Central Government respectively are shown in the table below:
|Domestic Property||Non-Domestic Property|
|Fermanagh & Omagh District Council||44%||38%|
Capital investment plan for local infrastructure
During the 2018/19 financial year Fermanagh and Omagh District Council plans to invest more than £10m in capital and infrastructure projects within the district. Some of the projects are dependent on securing funding from sources external to the Council.
Examples of planned investment key capital and infrastructure projects for 2018/19 in the Fermanagh and Omagh District include:
- Improving and enhancing access to the countryside to include lakes and forests (£1m)
- Village Renewal Scheme to renew and develop 15 villages across the district (£745k of total project cost £1.2m)
- Refurbishment and upgrade of community centres and facilities across the district (£420k)
- Improvements to recycling facilities (£900k) and development of Drummee landfill site (£250k)
- Works to transform former football pitch at St Julian’s Road, Omagh into an attractive open space for the local community (£270k of total project cost £320k)
- First phase of roll out of new road name signage across the district, to include road names and townlands (£425k)
- Upgrades to sports pitches, play areas, public conveniences, general cemetery works and car parks (£840k)
- Completion of Omagh Riverside Walk development (£900k of total project cost £1.2m)
- First phase of Enniskillen Public Realm Scheme (£150k of a total project cost of £5.2m)
- Refurbishment to Council buildings to consolidate the number of administrative buildings and to improve access and customer experience (£1.05m)
Revenue budget for service delivery
A £33.3m net revenue budget (£45m gross) has also been allocated to deliver Council services across the district. It also funds the ongoing operation of Council venues and facilities such as:
- leisure centres
- theatres and art centres
- visitor attractions
- parks and open spaces
- recycling centres
- public conveniences
- administrative buildings
This budget also allows the Council to support a range of events and initiatives during the year aimed at improving the lives and wellbeing of the people in our district. Waste management, including litter prevention and street cleansing, accounts for just over £10m or 30% of the Council’s net expenditure.
The District Rate was agreed following an extensive and robust financial planning exercise overseen by the Council’s Estimates Working Group.
The Council agreed its new rate on the basis of minimising the impact on ratepayers while continuing to invest in local infrastructure and to deliver high quality value for money services, whilst at the same time, taking into account a range of factors that will impact on Council budgets such as changes in the current operating environment and uncertainty around the availability of Central Government funding.
For further information about rates, please contact Land and Property Services by calling 0300 200 7801 or visit www.nidirect.gov.uk/rates
|2018/19 Estimates of Income and Expenditure reflecting organisational structure||17 KB||20th March 2018|
|Dept For Communities- General Estimates of Rates 2018/19||988 KB||20th March 2018|