Millions of people up and down the UK are taking advantage of the government’s “eat out to help out” scheme. Tens of millions of people enjoyed half-price meals at the treasury’s expense in the three weeks since the programme was introduced.
Diners used the Eat Out to Help Out scheme more than 64 million times in nine days, according to the latest HMRC figures.
The scheme, which was launched by Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak to support restaurants, cafes and the hospitality industry, offers 50% off dine-in meals and soft drinks, up to a maximum of £10 per head, at cafes, restaurants and pubs from Monday to Wednesday throughout the month of August. The discount can be used an unlimited number of times.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the scheme was supporting nearly two million jobs.
“Today’s figures continue to show that Brits are backing hospitality – with more than 64 million meals discounted so far, that’s equivalent to nearly every person in the country dining out to protect jobs.
“This scheme has reminded us how much we love to dine out, and in doing so, how this is helping to protect the jobs of nearly two million people who work in hospitality.”
Since 3 August, 64 million discounted meals have been claimed by some 87,000 businesses who are taking part in in the scheme.
The figures published by The Treasury have shown 10.5 million meals claimed in the first week, increasing to 35 million in the second.