The countdown to the launch date of the High Street Voucher Scheme is underway, with the Economy Department confirming that applications for the £ 100 voucher will open on Sunday, September 12.
The voucher scheme is expected to give a significant boost to the business affected by the epidemic and bring people back to our cities and towns, after 18 months of hassle for retailers.
Who is eligible for voucher scheme?
All Northern Ireland adults over the age of 18 will be eligible to receive a £ 100 voucher prior to applications closing on 11 October, using the Electoral Register and other official databases to verify people’s details. will go.
In late August, some politicians argued that the scheme should be extended to young people, with MLA Claire Sogden saying: “Children between the ages of 16 and 17 can work, they have a national insurance number, they can afford it. I will fully support raising it to 16 and 17. However, the Department of Economy has confirmed that they will not extend the age limit of the scheme.
How to apply for a High Street Voucher Scheme.
The application portal opens on September 12 and closes on October 11. To register, you must:
Register online at NI Direct. You will be presented with an information page on the High Street Scheme and a button to start the registration process.
8 pieces of information will be requested during the registration process. Name, address, DOB, gender, disability, NI number, driving license number (optional) and mobile phone number and email address.
You can register on behalf of a limited number of other people to complete the application, however, you must have their permission and their personal details.
After completing the online registration process, you will receive an email confirming receipt of the application. The information provided will first be checked against the Electoral Register Database and then the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency. This is an automated process in which you do not have access to personal information.
Once your identity is verified, the details required to complete the process will be sent to the prepaid card provider and you will receive an email informing you that the registration process is now complete and When you should expect to receive your card.
If you fail the first stage of the check, your identity will be checked against a further suite of official databases. If your identity is verified, your details will be sent to the prepaid card provider and you will receive a confirmation email. If your application fails, you will be notified and the appeal process will be directed.
There will also be a phone application process for those who do not have access to apply online.
Where can I use my £ 100 prepaid card?
A prepaid card with pre 100 can be used in any retail business including shops and services such as hairdressers, restaurants and even home heating oil. There will be some restrictions and vouchers cannot be used for online or financial services, legal services or gambling payments. The full £ 100 voucher must be paid in full by November 30.
The launch date for the NI High Street Voucher Scheme has not been set yet, but it is expected to be confirmed once the applications are open.