MP backs Eat Out to HelpOut

By Barrie Hudson - 3 August 2020

CommunityBusinessFood & Drink

South Swindon MP Robert Buckland is urging people to support the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

  • Robert Buckland is urging constituents to take part

    Robert Buckland is urging constituents to take part

The scheme, intended by the Government to provide a boost to the hospitality sector, offers customers up to 50 percent off their bills in restaurants, cafes and pubs on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout August.

Discounts apply to all food and non-alcoholic drinks, up to a maximum discount per person of £10.

The Government's aim is to help spur the recovery of a sector which was especially hard-hit by the pandemic.

Mr Buckland 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 – while allowing families to keep more money in their pockets.

“I encourage my constituents to enjoy summer safely by going out and supporting their local restaurants.”

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said: "Our Eat Out to Help Out scheme’s number one aim is to help protect the jobs of 1.8 million chefs, waiters, pub owners and restaurateurs by boosting demand and getting customers through the door.

“More than 72,000 establishments will be serving discounted meals across the country, with the Government paying half the bill. 

"The industry is a vital ingredient to our economy and has been hit hard by coronavirus. So enjoy summer safely by showing your local restaurants your support.”

In the South West, there are 5,033 participating independent establishments, and outlets from smaller chains - those with 25 restaurants or fewer.

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