This infographic and associated key point have been updated as an error was identified in the calculation of the take-up rate by gender of applicant. The correct figures have now been included.
The key points are
At 15 October 2021:
- There was a 74 per cent take-up rate of verified applications for the NI High Street Scheme compared to the NI population aged 18 and over.
- 76 per cent of females and 72 per cent of males had applied and been verified for the Spend Local card.
- 87 per cent of verified applications for the Spend Local card were from persons without a disability and 13 per cent were from persons with a disability. This compares to an estimate of 28 per cent for the prevalence of disability in the population*.
- 69 per cent of those aged 18-34 had applied and been verified for the Spend Local card compared to 76 per cent of those aged 35-49, 77 per cent of those aged 50-64 and 73 per cent of those aged 65 and over.
- The take–up rate for the NI High Street Scheme was highest (79 per cent) in both Antrim and Newtownabbey and Ards and North Down Local Government Districts and lowest (68 per cent) in Belfast Local Government District.
* Data on limiting long-term illness for those aged 16+ from the Continuous Household Survey 2019/2020.