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Northern Ireland High Street Voucher scheme: Where it can be used?

The Northern Ireland High Street Voucher scheme was announced last month and is due to be launched at the beginning of Autumn.
It’s welcome news, as many of us may be worried about over-spending as we move out of lockdown.
The scheme is part of Stormon…

The Northern Ireland High Street Voucher scheme was announced last month and is due to be launched at the beginning of Autumn.

It's welcome news, as many of us may be worried about over-spending as we move out of lockdown.

The scheme is part of Stormont's Economic Recovery Action Plan which will help in the recovery of those local businesses that have been hit hardest by the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic and its subsequent lockdowns.

It will be open to every person over the age of 18 in Northern Ireland, which is around 1.4 million people, or roughly 80% of the country's population.

They will be eligible to apply for a pre-paid card worth GBP100 to spend on their local high street.

The High Street Scheme will be available to apply for on an online portal which people must sign up to and request their voucher from.

(C) Philip Magowan / Press Eye General views of shoppers in Belfast as shops reopen after several months of lockdown

Where can you spend the High Street Voucher?

The scheme is designed to support the local economy in its recovery from lockdown.

Therefore, Economy Minister Diane Dodds has said it will only be able to be spent in "bricks and mortar" businesses within Northern Ireland and will not be able to be used for goods and services online.

People will be able to use the scheme's pre-paid card in shops and businesses in a similar way that credit and debit cards are used.

If a business can accept debit and credit cards for payment, then it will be able to accept the High Street Scheme card.