Statement from the Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland, Eddie Lynch, in relation to two week extension for Spend Local cards:
The Commissioner for Older People has welcomed the move by the Minister for the Economy to extend the deadline for people to use their Spend Local vouchers by two weeks. The news comes after a number of complaints were made to the Commissioner’s office from older people who had difficulty verifying their identity to obtain their Spend Local voucher.
Responding to the announcement, the Commissioner for Older People, Eddie Lynch said:
“I welcome the Minister’s decision to extend the deadline to use the Spend Local voucher. This will be positive news for those who had trouble accessing the card, through no fault of their own, due to complications with identity verification. It also benefits those older people who maybe rely on the availability of another person to assist them with their shopping.
“Additionally, there were many older people who relied on the telephone service to apply for their card, which was made available two weeks after the online portal opened. Extending the deadline by two weeks ensures that everyone has an ample and fair opportunity to spend their voucher.”