NICVA recently held a webinar with the Department for the Economy to provide an overview of the High Street £100 Voucher Scheme due to launch later this year.
Key elements of scheme
The Executive and Department are encouraging everyone to register and take part in the scheme.
In order to receive your voucher, you must: Register online on NI Direct.
You will be presented with an information page on the High Street Scheme and a button to launch the registration process.
8 pieces of information will be requested during the registration process –
Name, Address, DOB, Gender, Disability, National Insurance Number, Driving Licence number, mobile phone number and email address.
Please note that all fields are mandatory except driving licence number.
Inputting your driver licence number will assist the checking process for your application.
You can register to complete an application on behalf of a limited number of other people however you must have their permission and their personal details.
Following completion of the online registration process, you will receive an email confirming the receipt of the application. The information provided will first be checked against electoral register database followed by Driver Vehicle Licencing Agency. This is an automated process with no access to your personal information.
The £100 Pre-Paid Card
Following a successful application to the scheme, you will be provided with a £100 pre-paid card which can be used in any local business with debit/credit card technology. The card can be used in card terminals that include a swipe facility as well as a pin facility.
Once you receive your card you will be required to verify it by SMS, phone or on the computer before you are able to use it. You will be able to use it alongside other forms of payment subject to the merchant’s agreement.
It is planned that everyone will have a minimum of six weeks to use the cards with the scheme expected to close to any further payments by the card at the end of November.
DfE briefing on the High Street £100 Voucher Scheme | NICVA