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Council analysis of Invest NI record shows up greater imbalance

18 July, 2005


Sinn Féin Economy Spokesperson, Foyle MLA Mitchel McLaughlin has said that a Council-by-Council analysis of the distribution of investment by Invest NI shows an even greater level of imbalance than a Westminster constituency breakdown and totally undermines the defence of its record offered by Invest NI.

 

A comparison of the six council areas identified by Invest NI and South Belfast as being the most income-deprived and employment-deprived show that financial assistance per head of population these six council areas is £5,752 compared to £27,054 per person in South Belfast. I am calling on Invest NI to demonstrate its claimed commitment to those areas most in need of investment by locating its Headquarters in the NorthWest.

 

Mt McLaughlin said:

 

“The Council-by-Council breakdown of the Invest NI performance shows up an even greater imbalance than the breakdown by Westminster constituency. It totally undermines the defence of its record put forward by Invest NI.

 

“These figures show that Belfast gets the lions share of INI support receiving over 45% of all assistance in 2003-04 and set for nearly 47% of all planned investment, and within Belfast it is South and East Belfast that gets the majority of that support.

 

“In comparison the seven border council areas (Armagh, Omagh, Newry & Mourne, Dungannon, Fermanagh, Strabane and Derry) will receive just over 20% of planned investment. This provides proof that investment is not being directed to border areas despite well-documented evidence that these are severely disadvantaged. It also undermines the argument that an analysis of councils would demonstrate a fairer share out of Invest NI resources.

 

“Invest NI claims that it monitors assistance provided within New Targeting Social Need (NTSN) areas using a council-level approach which designates NTSN areas as the six most income and employment-deprived council areas - Strabane, Derry, Omagh, Moyle, Cookstown and Newry & Mourne. Yet the planned level of assistance for these areas is only a fraction of that for Belfast.

 

“A comparison of the six council areas identified by Invest NI as being the six most income-deprived and employment-deprived and South Belfast show that they received less financial assistance and will receive less planned investment combined than the wealthy parliamentary constituency of South Belfast. Moyle Council is bottom of the list for number of offers, actual assistance and planned investment.

 

“A calculation of the financial assistance per head of population shows that the six council areas together received £5,752 per person living in those council areas compared to £27,054 or nearly five times this amount, for each person living in South Belfast.

 

“The seven councils West of the Bann received £20 million less than Belfast in 2003-04 and the planned investment is £92 million less.

 

“It is time that Invest NI stopped making excuses and got on with the job of supporting economic development in areas that are most in need. As a practical demonstration of its claimed commitments to these areas I am calling on Invest NI to locate its Headquarters in the NorthWest.” ENDS

 

Note to Editors: A Sinn Féin delegation including Bairbre de Brún MEP and Mitchel McLaughlin MLA will meet the Chief Executive of Invest NI, Lesley Morrison tomorrow, Tuesday 19th July, at 11am in Belfast.

 

TABLE 1

 

District Council Area             No of Offers   Assistance (£)                         Planned Investment (£)

ANTRIM                    104                  2,958,158                    9,357,348

ARDS                          48                    2,691,665                    9,469,349

ARMAGH                   107                  1,357,458                    4,853,908

BALLYMENA                        116                  4,568,548                    27,666,838

BALLYMONEY         54                       495,043                    3,233,466

BANBRIDGE              64                       362,760                     890,543

BELFAST                    546                  53,109,994                  218,601,226

CARRICKFERGUS    67                       343,556                    892,207

CASTLEREAGH         119                              1,329,394                    4,373,863

COLERAINE              80                    590,962                                   1,496,784

COOKSTOWN                      108                  2,103,132                    7,666,378

CRAIGAVON                         193                  6,730,339                    31,358,533

DERRY                       232                  7,590,869                    27,306,606

DOWN                                    97                    613,685                                   2,636,822

DUNGANNON                      163                  2,720,929                    14,245,659

FERMANAGH                        111                  3,229,638                    11,757,257

LARNE                                   68                    2,233,647                    8,314,096

LIMAVADY               36                    4,924,670                    9,455,797

LISBURN                    184                  2,083,657                    7,039,126

MAGHERAFELT        147                  1,886,723                    7,987,869

MOYLE                      24                    197,644                                   405,689

NEWRY & MOURNE            158                  1,566,229                    5,756,777

NEWTOWNABBEY 166                  3,104,549                    9,448,653

NORTH DOWN                     95                    3,046,236                    8,266,774

OMAGH                     142                  1,545,390                    5,466,065

STRABANE                52                    5,769,115                    30,198,737

 

TOTAL                        3,281               117,153,990                468,146,370

 

Total offer locations exceed total offers, as some projects are located in more than one area.

An additional £4m of assistance was offered, for which this level of detail is not available.

 

TABLE 2

 

District Council Area                                     Assistance (£m)                     

1.      MOYLE                                        0.2                   0.2%                           

2.      CARRICKFERGUS                                  0.3                   0.3%                               

3.      BANBRIDGE                                0.4                   0.3%               

4.      BALLYMONEY                           0.5                   0.4%               

5.      COLERAINE                                0.6                   0.5%                           

6.      DOWN                                          0.6                   0.5%                           

7.      CASTLEREAGH                           1.3                   1.1%               

8.      ARMAGH                                                 1.4                   1.2%               

9.      OMAGH                                       1.5                   1.3%               

10.  NEWRY & MOURNE                  1.6                   1.4%               

11.  MAGHERAFELT                          1.9                   1.6%   

12.  LISBURN                                      2.1                   1.8%               

13.  COOKSTOWN                            2.1                   1.8%   

14.  LARNE                                         2.2                   1.9%                           

15.  ARDS                                            2.7                   2.3%               

16.  DUNGANNON                            2.7                   2.3%   

17.  ANTRIM                                      3.0                   2.6%   

18.  NORTH DOWN                           3.0                   2.6%   

19.  NEWTOWNABBEY                                3.1                   2.6%               

20.  FERMANAGH                              3.2                   2.7%               

21.  BALLYMENA                              4.6                   3.9%   

22.  LIMAVADY                                 4.9                   4.2%               

23.  STRABANE                                  5.8                   4.9%   

24.  CRAIGAVON                               6.7                   5.7%               

25.  DERRY                                         7.6                   6.5%               

26.  BELFAST                                      53.1                 45.3%             

 

TOTAL                                                117.2              

 

TABLE 3

 

District Council Area                                     Planned Investment (£m)

1.      MOYLE                                        0.4                   0.1%

2.      BANBRIDGE                                0.9                   0.2%

3.      CARRICKFERGUS                                  0.9                   0.2%

4.      COLERAINE                                1.5                   0.3%

5.      DOWN                                          2.6                   0.6%

6.      BALLYMONEY                           3.2                   0.7%

7.      CASTLEREAGH                           4.4                   0.9%

8.      ARMAGH                                                 4.9                   1.0%

9.      OMAGH                                       5.5                   1.2%

10.  NEWRY & MOURNE                  5.8                   1.2%

11.  LISBURN                                      7.0                   1.5%

12.  COOKSTOWN                            7.7                   1.6%

13.  MAGHERAFELT                          8.0                   1.7%

14.  NORTH DOWN                           8.3                   1.8%

15.  LARNE                                         8.3                   1.8%

16.  ANTRIM                                      9.4                   2.0%

17.  NEWTOWNABBEY                                9.4                   2.0%

18.  LIMAVADY                                 9.5                   2.0%

19.  ARDS                                            9.5                   2.0%

20.  FERMANAGH                              11.8                 2.5%

21.  DUNGANNON                            14.2                 3.0%

22.  DERRY                                         27.3                 5.8%

23.  BALLYMENA                              27.7                 5.9%

24.  STRABANE                                  30.2                 6.5%

25.  CRAIGAVON                               31.4                 6.7%

26.  BELFAST                                      218.6               46.7%

 

TOTAL                                                468.2

  TABLE 4

 

Border Councils                                   Assistance                    Planned Investment (£m)

ARMAGH                                           1.4                               4.9                              

OMAGH                                             1.5                               5.5                              

NEWRY & MOURNE                                    1.6                               5.8                              

DUNGANNON                                              2.7                               14.2                

FERMANAGH                                                3.2                               11.8                            

STRABANE                                        5.8                               30.2                

DERRY                                               7.6                               27.3                            

TOTAL                                                           23.8 (20.3%)               99.7 (21.3%)

 

BELFAST                                            53.1 (45.3%)               218.6 (46.7%)

 

OVERALL TOTAL                             468.2

 

 

TABLE 5

 

West of the Bann                               Assistance (£m)                      Planned Investment (£m)      

COLERAINE                                      0.6                               1.5                                          

ARMAGH                                           1.4                               4.9                              

OMAGH                                             1.5                               5.5      

NEWRY & MOURNE (PART)*                     1.6                               5.8                              

MAGHERAFELT                                1.9                               8.0                              

COOKSTOWN                                              2.1                               7.7                  

DUNGANNON                                              2.7                               14.2                

FERMANAGH                                                3.2                               11.8                            

LIMAVADY                                       4.9                               9.5                  

STRABANE                                        5.8                               30.2                

DERRY                                               7.6                               27.3                            

TOTAL                                                           33.3 (28.4%)               126.4 (26.8%)

 

BELFAST                                            53.1 (45.3%)               218.6 (46.7%)

 

OVERALL TOTAL                             117.2                           468.2

 

 

TABLE 6

 

Council Area                Population                    Assistance                    Investment

                                    (2001 Census)              Received                      Planned  

 

Moyle                          15,933                         0.2m (0.2%)                 0.4m (0.1%)

Omagh                         47,952                         1.5m (1.3%)                 5.5m (1.2%)

Newry &                      87,058                         1.6m (1.4%)                 5.8m (1.2%)

Mourne

Cookstown                  32,581                         2.1m (1.8%)                 7.7m (1.6%)

Strabane                                   38,248                         5.8m (4.9%)                 30.2m (6.5%)

Derry                           105,066                                   7.6m (6.5%)                 27.3m (5.8%)

Total                           326,838                                   18.8m (16.1%)                        76.9m (16.4%)

 

Parliamentary Constituency

South Belfast                94,994                                    25.7m (21.9%)             106.6m (22.8%)

 

 

 

 

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