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Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP speaking during Northern Ireland Questions in Parliament today.

DUP MPs Gavin Robinson, Jim Shannon and Ian Paisley have spoken with the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Jesse Norman on Wednesday afternoon. They specifically raised concerns around why a Northern Ireland driving license or an Irish passport were not acceptable forms of ID for the HMRC online system which is processing the self-employed income support scheme.

This matter had been raised this morning in the House of Commons by Sir Jeffrey Donaldson.

Commenting on the matter Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said,

“Self-employed people are under incredible pressure having lost much of their income. This scheme is a lifeline for them, but they need to get enrolled. Clearly in hastily setting up of the system, the necessary back office database was not built to process or accept these two forms of ID.

We welcome the commitments from both the Northern Ireland Secretary of State and Mr Norman that the matter will be resolved.

The computer may say ‘no’ but the Government certainty says ‘yes’. The important issue is that no man or woman is excluded because of this administrative matter. If anyone has run into this problem and cannot get any other form of ID, they should contact their local DUP MP who can raise matter with Treasury and ensure it is resolved.”