Applications for Northern Ireland’s long-awaited High Street Voucher scheme have now opened.
Available to everyone over the age of 18, the cards are designed to give a boost to the local economy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The cards will have to be used before the end of November and you can apply between now and October 25.
With around 1.4million people set to apply, Retail NI has urged people to be patient.
Retail NI Chief Executive, Glyn Roberts said: “If people can wait a few days before making their application, hopefully we can avoid any delays or problems with a rush on the online portal and they will receive their voucher on a timely basis.
“With a scheme of this ambition and size we are bound to experience some problems and would urge shoppers to be patient.
“As the scheme opens and consumers are thinking about how to spend their voucher, we would strongly encourage them to use with local independent retailers. 70p in every £1 pound spent with an independent retailer is recycled around the economy, supporting local producers and manufacturers.”
How to apply for the High Street Voucher scheme
To apply for the scheme, simply visit this link.
Once you press the apply button you will be asked, as a security measure, to enter your email address. A link will then be sent to your email inbox which will take you straight to the application form.
The form requires the following information:
- Your National Insurance number
- Your full name
- Your address and postcode
- Your date of birth
- Your sex
- Telephone number
- Disability including whether you have a visual impairment
- Driving Licence Number
- Your email address will be prepopulated
With the exception of the driving licence number, all these data fields are mandatory. However, the Department are encouraging everyone with a driving licence number to fill in their driving licence number, as it will speed up the application process.
Once you have submitted the form, you will receive an email confirming that your application has been received.
Cards are expected to arrive around a week to 10 days after your application goes through.
A phone service will open for applications on October 11, for those who don’t have access to the internet.