Kemi Badenoch MP is encouraged by the number of residents across the constituency and the country taking advantage of the ‘Eat Out To Help Out’ scheme, which offers up to 50% off your bill at restaurants, cafes and pubs on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout August.
The scheme –part of the government’s Plan for Jobs that will spur the country’s economic recovery from coronavirus –applies to all food and non-alcoholic drinks, with a maximum discount per person of £10.
In East of England, there are 3,967 participating independent establishments, and outlets from smaller chains (those with 25 restaurants or fewer).
More than 72,000 establishments are participating in total, including independent eateries and family favourites such as Pizza Express, Costa Coffee and Nando’s, many of which are located close by in neighbouring constituencies. The scheme will help keep more money in hardworking families’ pockets and give the UK’s hospitality sector a vital boost.
Also included in the Government’s £30 billion Plan for Jobs:
A temporary cut in VAT for the tourism and hospitality sectors.
A Job Retention Bonus to encourage employers to retain staff who have been on the furlough scheme, with the Government paying a one-off bonus of £1,000 for every employee who was furloughed and who is kept on until 31 January.
The temporary removal of stamp duty on all homes under £500,000 until the end of March 2021, to catalyse the housing market.
A new Kickstart Scheme, which will create hundreds of thousands of new, fully-subsidised jobs for young people.
Commenting, Mrs Badenoch said: “The Eat Out To Help Out scheme is a great way to boost local businesses and protect jobs across our hospitality sector, which has been hard hit by coronavirus, whilst allowing families to keep more money in their pockets.
“Following conversations with local businesses, I know they are closely following the Government’s guidance and have put the necessary measures in place such as distancing tables and digital or single use menus to ensure a safe environment for customers.
“I encourage my constituents to enjoy summer safely by going out and supporting their local restaurants, cafes and pubs.”
To find out which of your local restaurants, cafes and pubs are participating, visit: www.gov.uk/guidance/get-a-discount-with-the-eat-out-to-help-out-scheme