NI High Street Voucher: warn that people may have to wait “several weeks” to receive their card
People have been warned that they now have to wait “several weeks” to receive a Northern Ireland High Street coupon.
Over 400,000 High Street Voucher application requests were made on the first day of the portal’s launch on September 27, with users having to wait a long time to access the site and receive email confirmations.
Accessible to everyone from the age of 18, the cards are designed to boost the local economy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Cards must be used by the end of November and you can apply by October 25.
Cards should arrive approximately one week to 10 days after your request has been processed.
But according to the program’s official website, this cannot be guaranteed for people facing a longer wait.
The website www.economy-ni.gov.uk warns: “It is not possible to say how long you will have to wait.
“Applicants spend the local prepaid cards will be delivered as soon as possible but, due to the large number of applications expected, some applicants may have to wait several weeks to receive their card. Please be patient as the majority of successful applicants are expected to do so. have a minimum of four weeks to use their cards. “
About 1.4 million people are expected to apply for the cards, and NI Retail has already urged people to be patient.
The Department of the Economy is expected to add an additional £ 21million to its High Street Voucher scheme to cover the risk of receiving more applications than initially expected.
The £ 145million initiative is a key part of Economy Minister Gordon Lyon’s economic recovery action plan, worth a total of £ 275million.
The Spend Local program was designed to help businesses that have suffered the most from the restrictions.
However, Economy Minister Gordon Lyons assured that the system still works and is open.
The scheme will see everyone over the age of 18 eligible for a £ 100 prepaid card to spend on Main Street, aimed at supporting local businesses devastated by Covid.
The Economy Ministry stressed that people should receive the card within 7-10 days of request, but due to the sheer volume of cards issued, it reportedly said that “some people may have to wait longer because the provider de la carte is to make and distribute cards to up to 1.5 million people.
Speaking to BBC Evening Extra earlier this week, the Economy Minister said today’s numbers are “above and beyond” anything his team had expected.
Minister Lyons added, “As of today 441,112 requests for nominations on the website, I think people can understand the value of this program. Some of them are duplicates. I am now happy to say that 161,000 application links were issued to those who applied.
“This means that more than one in 10 in Northern Ireland who are eligible will now have received their link. Of these, almost 80,000 applications have been completed. This is beyond anything we expected. first day.
Mr Lyons said the application portal will be open until October 25, so it was not necessary for everyone to register immediately.
How to Apply for the High Street Voucher Program
To apply for the program, simply visit this connect.
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 inbox which will take you directly to the application form.
The form requires the following information:
- Your national insurance number
- Your full name
- Your address and postal code
- Your date of birth
- Your gender
- Phone number
- Disability, including if you have a visual impairment
- Driver’s license number
- Your email address will be pre-filled
- October 4 – first issue of Spend Local prepaid cards
- October 11 – opening of the telephone service for applications
- October 25 – closure of the online portal and telephone service for applications
- October 25 – the last qualification date for those reaching the age of 18 to be able to apply for a Spend Local card
- November 30 – High Street Scheme closes and Spend Local prepaid cards will cease to be valid
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