Sinn Féin MLA Liz Kimmins has called on the DUP Economy Minister to ensure those who were verified for a Spend Local card but didn’t receive it, will get the £100 card and opportunity to spend it.
The Newry and Armagh MLA said:
“While the majority of those who applied for the Spend Local scheme received their card and got to spend it, others had difficulty using their card, received it late or not at all.
“I wrote to the Economy Minister urging him to extend the scheme to ensure everyone had a fair chance to enjoy this one off voucher after dealing with various queries from constituents who never received their Spend Local Voucher, had problems using it or who received it after the deadline for spending it.
“It would be both unfair and unacceptable if those who were verified for a card but didn’t receive it through no fault of their own, did not have the opportunity to spend it in local businesses and to support the local economy.
“This is particularly pertinent in a time of rising costs for households, with many people depending on that £100 to help offset some of this, or use it for a one off treat for themselves during these challenging times.
“I am again calling for the DUP economy minister to ensure those who were verified for the Spend Local scheme receive the £100 card and to provide clarity on this as soon as possible.”