Restaurant-goers across the UK have claimed more than 100 million meals under the government’s ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme, according to Treasury figures released today. The government announced that it has set aside £500m to fund the program.
Diners received a state-backed 50% discount on meals and soft drinks up to £10 each on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays during August. Many restaurants have continued similar schemes themselves this month.
About 84,700 restaurants signed up for Eat Out to Help Out and more than 130,000 claims have been made so far, totalling £522m, with both stats set to rise.
Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said: “From the get-go our mission has been to protect jobs, and to do this we needed to be creative, brave and try things that no government has ever done before. Today’s figures continue to show Eat Out to Help Out has been a success. I want to thank everyone, from restaurant owners to waiters, chefs and diners, for embracing it and helping drive our economic recovery.”