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cash injection Every adult in Northern Ireland to receive £100 shopping voucher at end of summer to boost retail economy

A scheme has also been announced to encourage Northern Ireland residents to holiday at home, worth up to £120

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Diane Dodds has said the delayed scheme will see every adult in Northern Ireland receive a £100 at the end of the summer, when the economy most needs it PIC PACEMAKER

Diane Dodds has said the delayed scheme will see every adult in Northern Ireland receive a £100 at the end of the summer, when the economy most needs it PIC PACEMAKER

Diane Dodds has said the delayed scheme will see every adult in Northern Ireland receive a £100 at the end of the summer, when the economy most needs it PIC PACEMAKER

Stormont has announced every adult in Northern Ireland is to be issued with £100 to help boost the economy.

The scheme, which had previously been delayed, has been scheduled to begin at the end of the summer, said Economy Minister Diane Dodds.

The cards will be issued upon application to all those aged over 18, and must be spent in physical shops on Northern Irish streets.

Mrs Dodds said: “This is a day for looking forward. I am excited to see shoppers back on high streets, customers again enjoying outdoor hospitality and the return of holidaymakers to self-contained accommodation.

"I am optimistic because reopening of our economy is the most important first step towards economic recovery.”

She added that she hopes the scheme will boost the economy in Northern Ireland to the tune of £140m.

“However, our high street stimulus scheme will provide a timely boost to this recovery.

"It will provide eligible applicants with a prepaid card worth £100. This means up to 1.4 million people will spend an extra £140million on our high streets rather than online.

"This has a multiplier effect which will help bring many more customers back through the doors of local retail, hospitality and other sectors.”

Mrs Dodds also said a scheme will be launched to encourage people to stay in Northern Ireland for their holiday.

The Holiday at Home Voucher Scheme will allow households to claim back 50% of the price of a stay of two nights or more in accommodation up to the value of £100 as well as offering 50% off entry fees to attractions in Northern Ireland up to the value of £20.

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