NI High Street Scheme

The NI High Street Scheme opened its online portal for applications on 27 September and its telephone application service on 11 October 2021. The aim of the scheme is to boost economic activity by providing every person in Northern Ireland, aged 18 and over, with a pre-paid Spend Local card worth £100 to spend in local businesses.

Official statistics

This statistical report presents a range of analysis on the Northern Ireland High Street Scheme.

Research

This report presents key findings on the Northern Ireland High Street Scheme from questions asked in the NISRA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Opinion Survey.

Management information

The management information presented in this release relates to data extracted on 27 January 2022.

Infographic - applications from eligible NI residents

The following Infographics provide information on verified applications for the Spend Local card from both the online portal and the telephone application service. An application is verified when the identity of the applicant has been confirmed by one or a combination of the matching services including the Electoral Register, Driver and Vehicle Agency and Department for the Communities.

The first Infographic provides information on the number of eligible NI residents aged 18 and over who have applied for their Spend Local card and been verified.

For the period 27 September to close of applications

You can view the infographic for the period 27 September to close of applications at:

For the period 27 September to 22 October 2021

You can view the infographic for the period 27 September to 22 October at:

For the period 27 September to 15 October 2021

You can view the infographic for the period 27 September to 15 October at:

Infographic - take up

The second Infographic provides information on the take-up which is a comparison of those who have applied for the Spend Local card and been verified with the NI population aged 18 and over. 

For the period 27 September to close of applications

You can view the infographic for the period 27 September to close of applications at:

For the period 27 September to 22 October 2021

You can view the infographic for the period 27 September to 22 October 2021 at:

For the period 27 September to 15 October 2021

You can view the infographic for the period 27 September to 15 October 2021 at:

Point to note

Please note that figures relate to the number of verified applications, not the number of cards dispatched (which include replacement cards).

Disability analysis

Please note that for the purposes of this analysis, having a disability is self- reported and is defined as someone answering ‘yes’ to the following registration question:

Are your day-to-day activities limited because of a health problem or disability which has lasted, or is expected to last, at least 12 months?

As there is no official data source on the prevalence of people with a disability, NISRA’s Continuous Household Survey was used. The proportion of people aged 16+ with a disability in 2019/20 (as defined above) was 28 per cent. This is being used as a proxy.

Sources of information

The sources of information used to compare the number of applications against the NI Population aged 18 and over (mid 2021) are:

 

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