Derry and Strabane rated worst areas in North to live

Lisburn has the highest quality of life in North’s local authorities

A new study on living standards in Northern Ireland has stated that communities that have been disadvantaged for generations have continued to decline despite nearly a decade of devolved government at Stormont. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

A new study on living standards in Northern Ireland has stated that communities that have been disadvantaged for generations have continued to decline despite nearly a decade of devolved government at Stormont. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

 

Lisburn has the highest quality of life among Northern Ireland’s 11 local authority areas and Derry City & Strabane has the lowest, according to a new study.

An analysisby Belfast-based news website the Detail found differences between council areas across a wide range of headings, including education, employment, access to services and life expectancy, when it examined data for each local authority.

The research reveals how communities which have been disadvantaged for generations have continued to fall to the bottom of the league table despite nearly a decade of devolved government at Stormont.

Difficulties

Although difficulties can be identified in all 11 councils, some unusual findings have emerged.

In Fermanagh & Omagh, the least populated council area, the best educational attainment scores at GCSE level were recorded. However, this does not appear to lead to future opportunities, as workers in the district have the third-lowest level of median annual earnings at just £17,435.

Local sources suggest that although the region is below average in terms of unemployment figures, this is because large numbers of young people move to areas of greater opportunity. Perhaps as a result, the district has the highest percentage of empty properties at 6 per cent.

Educational attainment differs significantly between the districts, with just 54 per cent of children in schools in Antrim & Newtownabbey and 59.6 per cent of those in Ards & North Down achieving five or more GCSE A*-C grades (including English and maths).

This compares poorly with the performance in Fermanagh & Omagh (71.8 per cent) and Newry, Mourne & Down (68.2 per cent).

Positive change

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Read the full report on The Detail website.