The Department of Economy’s Spend Local scheme recently launched with the aim of stimulating spend in the local economy and supporting local businesses. It has proved exceptionally popular with adult NI residents eligible to receive a £100 pre-paid card to spend in local shops and hospitality. Clare Quinn and Catherine Fee asked students and staff at the NWRC if they had applied for their £100 and what they planned to spend it on.
I have applied for my card. A friend of mine has a local business, a jewellery shop and I know through the pandemic they were finding things quite difficult, so I am hoping to spend my £100 gift card on that. I have a little boy’s birthday coming up in the house so I will be spending it on that.
No, I haven’t applied yet but hopefully I will get it soon. I plan to spend it on family.
I have applied for it, and I will probably spend it on, if I need stuff for tech or to get people their Christmas presents.
No, I haven’t applied for it, and I don’t think I will be. I just think it is a bit of a gimmick really to put money in the pockets of businesses who have probably already gained out of the Covid pandemic really. It’s a token gesture really by the government at the same time that they are taking money from the lowest income families. That’s the problem really, that they are taking the £20 a week extra Covid payment, that they are taking that back and replacing it with this £100 voucher which seems like a scam really.