- The 'Eat Out to Help Out' scheme has launched this week, giving families 50 per cent off their restaurant bills in August.
- There are nearly 4,000 participating independent restaurants, cafes and pubs, and outlets from smaller chains in the East of England.
I welcome the 'Eat Out To Help Out Scheme', which will give people in Great Yarmouth up to 50 per cent off their bills in restaurants, cafes and pubs on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout August. The scheme – part of the government’s Plan for Jobs that will spur the country’s economic recovery from coronavirus – applies to all food and non-alcoholic drinks, with a maximum discount per person of £10.
More than 72,000 establishments are participating in total, including independent eateries and family favourites such as Pizza Express, Costa Coffee and Nando’s. The scheme will help keep more money in hardworking families’ pockets and give the UK’s hospitality sector a vital boost.
Also included in the Government’s £30 billion Plan for Jobs:
- A temporary cut in VAT for the tourism and hospitality sectors.
- A Job Retention Bonus to encourage employers to retain staff who have been on the furlough scheme, with the Government paying a one-off bonus of £1,000 for every employee who was furloughed and who is kept on until 31 January.
- The temporary removal of stamp duty on all homes under £500,000 until the end of March 2021, to catalyse the housing market.
- A new Kickstart Scheme, which will create hundreds of thousands of new, fully-subsidised jobs for young people.
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. The industry is a vital ingredient to our local economy and has been hit hard by coronavirus. So enjoy summer safely by showing our local restaurants your support.