Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid has urged local restaurants and other dining establishments to sign up for the UK Government’s ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced last week that eateries around the UK could offer a 50% discount, capped at £10, on meals and non-alcoholic drinks from Monday to Wednesday through the month of August.
It was part of a range of stimulus measures in a £30billion plan to protect jobs most at risk due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Customers do not need a voucher as participating establishments will just apply the discount to their bill. Businesses simply reclaim the discounted amount through an online service, supported by HMRC.
Claims can be made on a weekly basis and will be paid into bank accounts within five working days.
Mr Duguid said
The UK Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme is a fantastic offer for cut-price dining to help boost trade and jobs as we emerge from lockdown.
Restaurants are only just opening up with restrictions in place after a long shutdown.
This offer is a win-win for customers and restaurant bosses.
People eating out get a good meal deal to enjoy dinner with family or friends, while the increased footfall will provide a welcome boost for the businesses and help secure jobs.
I would encourage local restaurants around Banff and Buchan to think about signing up.
It is a simple system, with HMRC reimbursing the businesses on a weekly basis.
It is just one of the many initiatives put in place by the UK Government – to the tune of several billion pounds – to help our country recover from the COVID-19 lockdown.