High Street voucher scheme: Minister says be ready with key information when £100 applications open – Belfast Live

The Economy Minister has said people need to be ready with key information when applications for the high street voucher open next week.

Applications for the High Street Scheme, which will see everyone over the age of 18 in Northern Ireland eligible for a £100 Spend Local card, will open from Monday, September 27 until Monday, October 25.

With 1.4 million people expected to apply for the voucher, Minister Gordon Lyons has said that he expects demand on the online portal to be very high in the days after its launch.

Minister Lyons added: “We expect demand for applications for the Spend Local card to be extremely high when the portal opens next Monday as over one million people will be eager to receive and use their Spend Local card.

“That is why it is important to remember that the portal will be open for four weeks and that that everyone will have at least four weeks to spend their card. So please be patient.

“Help us to successfully manage this process by ensuring that you have all your required information ready when you apply, including your National Insurance number and driving licence if you have one.

“There will be enough time for everyone to apply, receive and use their Spend Local card.

For verification purpose, all applicants will be asked to provide their name, address, age, gender, disability status, National Insurance number, email address and telephone number.

Once an application has been processed it will take between seven to 10 days before you receive your card.

The first cards should be received the week commencing October 4.

The Minister said: “The applications portal is robust and ready and it will be able to handle over 1.4 million applications over the course of the four-week period.

“But we expect early demand to be extremely high. Therefore, by being patient and ready with your information, you will be helping yourself and everybody else.”

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