When the first number of HSV scheme Spend Local cards will be issued – Belfast Live

The first number of ‘Spend Local’ cards issued as part of the High Street Voucher scheme will be rolled out in Northern Ireland in less than a month.

Economy Minister Gordon Lyons announced a number of key dates relating to the scheme on Tuesday, including when the first batch of cards will be sent to the members of the public who have successfully applied.

From the week commencing October 4, people can expect the first tranche of cards to be issued to those who have successfully applied for the ‘ Spend Local ‘ pre-paid card when the online portal opens on September 27.

The Economy Minister said: “Now is the time to get ready to Spend Local. I am delighted to announce that the online portal will open to receive applications in just under two weeks with the first tranche of Spend Local pre-paid cards to issue the week beginning 4th of October.

“The objective of the £145million High Street Scheme is to boost local businesses following the drop in footfall brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. By giving everyone aged 18 and over in Northern Ireland a pre-paid card worth £100 to spend in local high businesses, we will encourage many more customers back through the doors of local retail, hospitality and services.”

He continued: “I would encourage everyone who is over 18 by 25th October this year, to apply for their card between 27th September and October 25th. We expect demand to be high so please be patient if the online portal is busy just after it opens. It is important to remember that everyone will have at least four weeks to spend their card.

“By applying, receiving and ultimately spending your Spend Local card in local businesses such as shops, hospitality and other services before November 30, you will be doing your bit to support your local businesses.”

Applicants should receive their Spend Local card within 7-10 days of making their application.

From September 27 to October 25, applicants will be asked to apply through NI Direct.

For verification purposes in order to reduce the risk of fraud and error, each applicant will be asked to provide:

-Name

-Address

-Age

-Gender

-Disability status

-National insurance number

-Email address

-Telephone number

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