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Contractor Umbrella News: Chancellor thanks Britons as 100 million Eat Out to Help Out meals eaten

Thanking the British public for taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, the Chancellor says that those 100 million meals eaten have helped to protect the livelihoods of those working in the hospitality sector.

The scheme significantly boosted restaurant bookings during August, with the 84,700 establishments signed up making 130,000 claims worth £522 million.

This has resulted in not just more jobs being protected, but driving the nation’s economic recovery from Covid-19 too.

According to OpenTable data, restaurant bookings increased by an average of 53% on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the whole of August, compared to the same days in 2019.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak, commented, “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.

“The scheme is just one part of our Plan for Jobs and we will continue to protect, support and create jobs to ensure we come back stronger as a nation.”

Other measures to protect, support and create jobs include:

  • Cutting VAT for tourism and hospitality by 15%
  • A £2 billion Kickstart Scheme, which opened for applications this week.
  • An £8.8 billion investment in new infrastructure, decarbonisation and maintenance projects.

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