£100 voucher: About 1,000 candidates discover ID 'already used' – BBC Information

About 1,000 individuals haven’t been capable of apply for a £100 excessive road voucher as a result of their Nationwide Insurance coverage quantity has already been used within the scheme.
About 1.4m individuals in Northern Eire are eligible to use to the scheme which is geared toward boosting the economic system after Covid-19 lockdowns.
Nevertheless, a legitimate Nationwide Insurance coverage quantity is required in an effort to apply.
A spokesperson for the Division for the Financial system stated there was "no fault" with its software system.
About 1,000 candidates who entered their quantity found it had already been submitted with out their information.
The Division for the Financial system confirmed the determine in response to questions from the BBC's Nolan Present.
It isn’t but clear if the difficulty is because of tried fraud or presumably simply human error on the a part of candidates who’ve unwittingly typed in another person's Nationwide Insurance coverage quantity whereas attempting to enter their very own particulars.
The division stated that though a Nationwide Insurance coverage quantity is required for the net system, £100 voucher playing cards wouldn’t be issued "till the candidates' knowledge has been verified".
The spokesperson added that the 1,000 instances affected to this point represented "0.1% of whole functions up to now".
The Nolan Present highlighted the case of 1 lady who has not but been capable of submit her software as a result of her Nationwide Insurance coverage quantity has already been used to use for a voucher.
Her husband, Peter, advised the programme what occurred.
"She tried to use for the cardboard – went on-line, gave her e mail tackle, acquired her hyperlink again and then you definitely click on on the hyperlink and put in your Nationwide Insurance coverage quantity," Peter defined.
"A display screen popped up and stated 'We're sorry but it surely seems your Nationwide Insurance coverage quantity has been entered already and utilized by another person making an software.'
"And that was it, and the one factor she may do about it was to e mail them [the Department for the Economy]."
Peter stated his spouse acquired a response again from her e mail which simply stated the division was conscious of the difficulty, however that was the final she has heard.
"She's had no contact in anyway since she reported it," he added.
In its response, a spokesperson for the Division for the Financial system confirmed that about 1,000 members of the general public have contacted the division to report that their Nationwide Insurance coverage quantity has already been used and that they’re unable to make an software.
They suggested that if somebody thinks they’ve this challenge they need to double-check they’re utilizing the proper Nationwide Insurance coverage quantity and, if they’re nonetheless having entry points, they need to e mail [email protected]
Stormont's Excessive Avenue Spend Native Scheme opened for on-line functions on 27 September and can near new candidates on 25 October.
The £100 voucher playing cards are within the means of being posted to candidates' properties however they have to be spent earlier than 30 November, after which period they are going to stop to be legitimate.
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