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NI high street voucher: Full benefits of £145m scheme ‘lost by extension of deadline’

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Initiative’s architects at the Department for the Economy insisted it had been a “clear success” Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Initiative’s architects at the Department for the Economy insisted it had been a “clear success” Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Initiative’s architects at the Department for the Economy insisted it had been a “clear success” Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The full benefits of the £145m Spend Local scheme may have been lost for reasons that include its extension until Christmas, academics at Queen’s University have said.

But the initiative’s architects at the Department for the Economy insisted it had been a “clear success” and accused the academics of lacking knowledge of the project’s purpose.


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