Published: 4th May 2021

Every adult in Northern Ireland will be eligible for a pre-paid card worth £100 to spend in their local high street in a bid to boost the post-pandemic economy. Northern Ireland’s economy minister Diane Dodds said the scheme would help stimulate local businesses, including retail and hospitality sector outlets. The Minister revealed that eligible individuals aged 18 and over will be asked to apply for the pre-paid card through a dedicated online portal. The card must be used in ‘bricks and mortar’ businesses within Northern Ireland and cannot be used online. ‘I am excited to see shoppers back in our high streets, customers once again enjoying outdoor hospitality and the return of holidaymakers to self-contained accommodation,’ said Ms Dodds. ‘I am optimistic because reopening of our economy is the most important first step towards economic recovery. ‘However, our High Street Stimulus scheme will provide a timely boost to this recovery. … (To read the full article, subscribe below)