Good progress is being made on a high street voucher scheme, the Department for the Economy has said.

The initiative was announced last year to support retailers hit by Covid-19.

Individuals could receive between £75-£100 each to spend in town and city centres, with £145m of funding ring-fenced for its rollout.

Non-essential retail in Northern Ireland is set to reopen on 30 April as part of the lockdown-easing measures announced by the executive.

The pre-paid cards will not be issued imminently, it is understood.