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NI Voucher Scheme To Boost Hospitality And Retail Businesses Card Use Deadline Extended

Published on Nov 9 2021 10:05 AM in General Industry tagged: Trending Posts / High Street Scheme / HSS / Spend Local

NI Voucher Scheme To Boost Hospitality And Retail Businesses Card Use Deadline Extended

The Northern Ireland voucher scheme to attempt to boost spending in high street hospitality and retail businesses that have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic card use deadline has been extended from November 30 until December 14.

As reported by The Irish News, over one million cards have been sent to applicants to date and 580,000 have been activated.

Northern Ireland Economy Minister Statement

Northern Ireland Economy Minister Gordon Lyons reportedly said, "It remains the case that most people have four weeks to spend their card, but I recognise that this will not be the case for everyone.

"Therefore, in order to offer these applicants a fair timescale to use their card, I can today announce that I am extending the deadline to use the Spend Local cards by two weeks - from November 30 to December 14."

Additional Northern Ireland Economy Minister Statements

Lyons reportedly said that over 1.024 million cards have been dispatched to date and over 580,000 have been activated, and, "Over £26.5 million has now been injected into our local economy. These are quite remarkable statistics and, while it is still early days, I think it is fair to say the process of recovery on our high streets is now under way.

"By the end of this week, cards will have been dispatched to at least 95% of applicants that we have been able to match on the information held on the databases. And by the middle of next week, cards will have been dispatched to all those verified to date.

"It remains the case that most people have four weeks to spend their card, but I recognise that this will not be the case for everyone.

"Therefore in order to offer these applicants a fair timescale to use their card, I can today announce that I am extending the deadline to use the Spend Local cards by two weeks - from 30 November to 14 December. I know this is something that MLAs have requested and I am happy to agree. This will mean that the vast majority of people will have at least four weeks to use their card."

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