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Foyle MLA Gary Middleton has welcomed the announcement of a £95m High Street Voucher Scheme.

He said, "This is a scheme that has been proposed and championed by the Economy Minister and can bring some much-needed additional trade to our local shops. They have been badly hit throughout this pandemic, but the imposition of restrictions so close to Christmas has been a particular blow.

Being acutely aware of this impact the Minister has proposed a scheme which will see households receive a pre-paid card which can only be used in our local shops. It is a scheme which has been successfully used in Jersey to provide an economic boost to their local retailers.

Whilst the project has secured Executive support I look forward to hearing the details of exactly how it will operate from the Economy Minister soon."