More than 113,000 meals were claimed across the Saffron Walden constituency under the Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme, according to the latest statistics.
In total, more than 100 million meals were claimed across the UK under the scheme, which ran throughout the month of August. In total, 84,700 establishments signed up to the scheme, including 111 across Uttlesford and towns and villages outside of Chelmsford.
Both local MP Kemi Badenoch and Chancellor Rishi Sunak have hailed the success of the scheme, which was designed to support the hospitality industry after a challenging few months because of coronavirus. The scheme is credited with protecting 1.8 million jobs across the country, with restaurant bookings significantly up on the previous year. Data from OpenTable shows bookings increased by an average of 52 per cent on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the whole of August, compared to the same days in 2019.
Eat Out to Help Out was just one part of the Conservative Government’s Plan for Jobs –an ambitious £30 billion strategy to create, protect and support jobs as the country bounces back from coronavirus. The Government will continue to support the hospitality industry with a temporary discount to VAT, from 20 per cent to 5 per cent, until 12 January 2021.
Commenting, Mrs Badenoch said:
“I would like to thank residents across the constituency for this level of support they have provided to our brilliant restaurants and hospitality businesses.
“Eat Out to Help Out was always about far more than just giving people money off their meals –it was about protecting jobs which are reliant on businesses which have really struggled through coronavirus, and I know many have across Uttlesford and Chelmsford.
“I have no doubt that there are businesses across the constituency today which, without this scheme, may not have made it through the summer. I hope local residents will continue to support them in the months ahead.”