PEOPLE who have yet to register to vote have been urged to do so in order to claim a voucher worth GBP100 to spend on the high street. The High Street Voucher Scheme aims to provide a boost to retailers that have suffered as a result of Covid-19 lockdowns, and will provide every eligible person with a card loaded with GBP100 credit to be spent in participating shops. The list of eligible people will be drafted through the Northern Irealnd Electoral Register, which people have been asked to update this year.
It is understood that those on the old electoral register will still be provided with the voucher. Those over the age of 18 who have never registered to vote are being urged to sign the new electoral register in order to receive the voucher next month. Economy minister Gordon Lyons said: "I want to ensure as many of those who are eligible can access my department's High Street Scheme and their pre-paid card worth GBP100.
The additional spending power been given to consumers through the scheme will help to give our local businesses and high streets a much needed boost after the impact of Covid 19. "I would therefore urge members of the public to sign up for the electoral register if they have not already done so as we plan to use this as one of the databases to check registrations for the High Street Scheme and it is the quickest and easiest way to check an applicant's details. If you are on the current electoral register your identity can still be checked."
The minister continued: "The process is very easy and should take no longer than five minutes to complete online.
The details you need include information such as your name, address and national insurance number."
To sign the electoral register online, visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.