More than 73,000 meals were claimed in Basingstoke under the Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme, according to the latest statistics.
MP Maria Miller said, ‘I am so pleased at the level of support local people in Basingstoke have provided to our fantastic restaurants and hospitality sector.
‘I have no doubt that there are businesses in Basingstoke today which, without this scheme, may not have made it through the summer. I hope local people will continue to support them in the months ahead.’
In total, more than 100 million meals were claimed across the UK under the scheme, which ran throughout the month of August. In total, 84,700 establishments signed up to the scheme, including 63 restaurants in Basingstoke.
Both local MP Maria Miller and Chancellor Rishi Sunak have hailed the success of the scheme, which was designed to support the hospitality industry after a challenging few months due to coronavirus. The scheme is credited with protecting 1.8 million jobs across the country, with restaurant bookings significantly up on the previous year. Data from OpenTable shows bookings increased by an average of 52 per cent on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays through the whole of August, compared to the same days in 2019.
Eat Out to Help Out was just one part of the Conservative Government’s Plan for Jobs – an ambitious £30 billion strategy to create, protect and support jobs as the country bounces back from coronavirus. The Government will continue to support the hospitality industry with a temporary discount to VAT, from 20 per cent to 5 per cent, until 12 January 2021.