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£100 pre-paid cards have been given to hundreds of thousands of people across the country

£100 pre-paid cards have been given to hundreds of thousands of people across the country

£100 pre-paid cards have been given to hundreds of thousands of people across the country

When Northern Ireland’s high street voucher scheme — giving £100 pre-paid cards to hundreds of thousands of people across the country — began rolling out, the critics were lining up for it to be a massive failure.

There were teething problems. Some people had difficulty in registering and when the cards started arriving, some reported problems with shops being unable to accept payments.


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