Eat Out to Help Out Program Leads to 64 Million Meals Claimed in Three Weeks | UK News

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More than 64 million meals have been claimed by diners since the government launched the Eat Out to Help Out reduction program in early August.

He offered customers a 50% state-funded discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks between Mondays and Wednesdays, up to a maximum of £ 10 per person, for the entire month.

The Treasury said the result represented a continuing “upward trend” at restaurants after 10.5 million meals were claimed in the first week, before climbing to a total of 35 million for the first two weeks.

He added that a total of 87,000 applications had been submitted by restaurants and cafes that signed up to the program.

Pub and hospitality executives have called on the Treasury to extend the program, which ends this week.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “Today’s figures continue to show that the British support hospitality – with over 64 million discounted meals so far, that’s the equivalent of almost every no one in the country dines out to protect their job.

“This program reminded us how much we love to dine out, and in doing so, how it helps protect the jobs of the nearly two million people who work in the hospitality industry.

“I urge everyone, where they can, to continue to enjoy a safe meal while the program remains open. ”

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HMRC said claims for the first two weeks of the program cost around £ 180million.

David Page, co-chair of Franco Manca’s owner, Fulham Shore, said: “Eat Out to Help Out immediately increased the number of customers in our restaurant by over 50%, allowing us to get all our staff back to work.

“In fact, we are now creating new jobs by hiring and training more people as quickly as possible. ”

Andy Laurillard, Managing Director of Thai restaurant chain Giggling Squid, said: “Thanks to the Eat Out to Help Out program, we have managed to avoid layoffs and we no longer have any of our 950 employees on leave. “

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