- Over 100 million meals have been claimed under the Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme
- 151,000 meals claimed under the scheme in Penrith and The Border
- Dr Neil Hudson MP urges local people to continue supporting local businesses as the UK bounces back from coronavirus
More than 151,000 meals were claimed in Penrith and The Border 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 178 in Penrith and The Border.
Both local MP Dr Neil Hudson MP 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, Dr Neil Hudson said:
“I am absolutely thrilled at the level of support local people in Penrith and The Border 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 as a result of the pandemic.
It also helped give folk the confidence to start getting out and about again and I really hope local people will continue to support these fantastic businesses in the months ahead.”
Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said:
“From the get-go our mission has been to protect jobs- and to do this we needed be creative, brave and try things that no government has ever done before.
“Today’s figures continue to show Eat Out to Help Out has been a success. I want to thank everyone, from restaurant owners to waiters, chefs and diners, for embracing it and helping drive our economic recovery.
“The scheme is just one part of our Plan for Jobs and we will continue to protect, support and create jobs to ensure we come back stronger as a nation.”