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Will 'Eat Out to Help Out' Scheme Actually Work?

Will 'Eat Out to Help Out' Scheme Actually Work?

Published by Matthew Pells at 6:01am 19th July 2020. (Updated at 6:19am 20th July 2020)

The Deputy Leader of Scarborough borough council says a new scheme to help hospitality businesses might not have much of an effect.

The government's 'Eat Out to Hep Out' campaign will give up to a £10 discount for people who dine in pubs and restaurants.

It's to encourage people to go and spend money as those outlets re-open.

Liz Colling explains how it works..


Under the scheme restaurants, bars, cafes and other establishments who take part, will offer a 50% reduction, up to a maximum of £10 per person, to all diners who eat and/or drink-in, every Monday to Wednesday, between 3 and 31 August.

But with the discount only applying to the first £10 of each persons food bill, Liz Colling says it might not make that much difference..


Businesses must register to be part of Eat Out to Help Out. Once registered, they will receive a window sticker to show they are taking part in the scheme and can download promotional items from gov.uk.

A link to online information about Eat Out to Help Out can be found in the support for businesses section at scarborough.gov.uk/coronavirus. The scheme does not apply to takeaways.


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yorkshireboy, on 19th July 2020 6:42am
It's debatable if it will work.

The other scheme of a VAT reduction down to 5% is also a con.

Quite a few owners are saying they will still charge full vat or only give a slight reduction.

That is totally wrong.

If you charge 20% vat but only give the tax man 5% surely it's fraud.

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