Rishi Sunak has announced that every Brit will be given discount for restaurants in a ‘creative’ new scheme to help save the hospitality industry.
The ‘eat out to help out’ initiative offers customers money off of up to £10 per head when they eat out from Monday to Wednesday in August. Amid growing fears for eateries during the coronavirus crisis, the Chancellor said: ‘Meals eaten at any participating business will be 50% off up to a maximum discount of £10 per head for everyone, including children. We can all eat out to help out.’
In a statement to Parliament which also saw VAT temporarily cut, a stamp duty holiday and a new Furlough bonus scheme, Mr Sunak added: ‘The final measure I am announcing today has never been tried in the UK before. This moment is unique, we need to be creative.
‘To get customers back into restaurants, cafes and pubs and protect the 1.8 million people who work in them, I can announce today that for the month of August we will give everyone in the country an “eat out to help out” discount.’
Businesses need to register through a new ‘simple’ website opening on Monday, he explained. Eateries can claim the money back and receive the funds within five working days.