Local MP Christopher Pincher has welcomed the Chancellor’s scheme to get more people safely eating out and supporting our local economy. This new announcement is a discount scheme will provide a 50% reduction for sit-down meals in cafes, restaurants and pubs across the UK from Monday to Wednesday every week throughout August 2020.
The rate of VAT applied on most tourism and hospitality-related activities will also be cut from 20% to 5%. This will save households around £160 per year on average and, together with the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme, will support over 2.4 million staff at over 150,000 businesses, helping them recover and reopen after the Covid-19 lockdown. This will give these businesses the confidence to maintain their staff, as more people get through the door and business activity kick-starts again.
If you serve food in-house, you can now register for the 'Eat Out to Help Out' scheme that was announced by the Chancellor last week.
Restaurants, bars, cafes and other establishments who use the scheme will offer a 50% reduction, up to a maximum of £10 per person, to all diners who eat and/or drink-in throughout August.
The scheme is open to eligible establishments across the UK and can be used all day, every Monday to Wednesday, between 3 and 31 August 2020.
No vouchers are needed - businesses will discount at the till and will reclaim the discounted amount through an online service, supported by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Claims can be made on a weekly basis and will be paid into bank accounts within five working days.
Eligible establishments are those in which food is sold for immediate on-premises consumption, which include:
- public houses that serve food
- hotel restaurants
- restaurants and cafes within tourist attractions, holiday sites and leisure facilities
- dining rooms within members’ clubs
- workplace and school canteens
Commenting, Christopher Pincher MP said:
“The Eat Out to Help Out Scheme is something that has never been tried before in this country, and I think it is a bold and decisive decision by the Chancellor. It shows we are ready to do what we can to kickstart our economy as we enter the recovery period of COVID19.
“The scheme is now open for businesses to register, and so I would recommend they do! And for us diners, let’s support our local eateries and the Tammies that work in them.”
If you are a business hoping to sign up to the scheme you can do so using the link below: