At least 100m subsidised meals were eaten by diners in the UK in August following a last-minute rush by the public to take advantage of the government’s month-long “eat out to help out” scheme, the Treasury stated.
The chancellor, Rishi Sunak, praised the public for helping to save jobs in the vulnerable hospitality industry as it emerged that the meal discount scheme had exceeded expectations and would cost more than the £500m he set aside in the July mini budget.
Official figures showed that the offer of 50% off the price of a meal up to a maximum of £10 per head on Mondays to Wednesdays had grown in popularity steadily throughout August. During the last week of the scheme the number of meals claimed rose from 65m to more than 100m.
Source: The Guardian