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High Street Voucher scheme: PSNI receive “very small number of reports” over ID issues

The PSNI have confirmed that “a very small number of reports” have been received from those who have had their national insurance number used by others trying to receive the Spend Local cards.
It emerged on Tuesday that around 1,000 people in Northern …

The PSNI have confirmed that "a very small number of reports" have been received from those who have had their national insurance number used by others trying to receive the Spend Local cards. It emerged on Tuesday that around 1,000 people in Northern Ireland have had their applications for the Spend Local cards initially blocked after discovering someone else has tried to use their national insurance number. Available to everyone over the age of 18, the cards are designed to give a boost to the local economy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

All applicants are asked to provide their name, address, age, gender, disability status, national insurance number, email address and telephone number. The Department for the Economy has said there is "no fault" with its application system. The PSNI told Belfast Live that any applicant to the High Street Scheme experiencing difficulties with their application due to National Insurance number (NINO) should double-check they are using the right NINO and, if still having access issues, contact [email protected].

In a statement, a PSNI spokesperson added: "The Department for the Economy will then conduct their own enquiries and respond to the reporting person directly, and take any necessary action thereafter. "To date around 1,000 members of the public (0.1% of applications) have contacted the Department to report that their NINO has already been used and that they are unable to make an application. "There is no indication at this stage that these cases represent fraudulent activity - for example, applicants may have made a mistake when typing in their NINO number and inadvertently used a number which belongs to another person.

"Spend Local cards will only be issued when an applicant's data has been verified." The GBP145million Spend Local initiative is a key part of Economy Minister Gordon Lyons ' economic recovery action plan, worth GBP275million in total. GBP100 will be pre-loaded onto each card for spending in bricks and mortar shops in Northern Ireland.

The cards will have to be used before the end of November and you can apply between now and October 25.

When an applicant receives their card, they will need to verify the card through a computer-operated phone system or text message and make the first payment using a personal identification number (PIN), before they can start to use it for contactless payments.

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