Latest stats from the Treasury show more than 54,000 meals were claimed in Faversham and Mid Kent under the Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme.
This is a tremendous response to the scheme, which I know has been appreciated by pubs, restaurants and cafes in our area.
In total, 79 businesses in Faversham and Mid Kent took part in Eat Out to Help Out, which ran throughout August.
Whilst the scheme has now come to an end, I hope people will continue to support local businesses as we return to some form of normal life.
Across the country, over 100 million meals were claimed under the Eat Out to Help Out scheme across 85,000 outlets.
The scheme is credited with protecting 1.8 million jobs across the country, with restaurant bookings significantly up on the previous year.
Eat Out to Help Out was just one part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs – an ambitious £30 billion strategy to create, protect and support jobs as the country bounces back from coronavirus.
I’m pleased the Government is continuing to support the hospitality industry with a temporary discount on VAT, from 20 per cent to 5 per cent, until 12 January 2021.