UK's state-funded dining scheme boosts number of shoppers by 3.8%

Andrew Cummings
August 12, 2020

"It is great to see people taking advantage of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme and taking the right steps towards smart spending", said Pauline van Brakel, the chief product officer at Yolt.

Restaurants, bars, cafes and other establishments who use the scheme will offer a 50% reduction, up to a maximum of £10 per person, to all diners who eat and/or drink-in on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout August.

The discounted, which is owing to operate as a result of August, is capped at £10.

RISHI SUNAK'S "Eat Out to Help Out" scheme, offering 50 per cent meal discounts across restaurants, cafes and pubs in the United Kingdom, seems to be a big hit as it has already been used more than 10.5 million times in its first week.


Treasury estimates set the regular assert at near to £5, creating the value of the coverage all over £50m so far.

The government has budgeted £500mln for this policy, which has increased the footfall in United Kingdom high streets, according to Springboard.

Footfall numbers across all British retail destinations rose 3.8% last week from the previous week, with the commencement of a state-funded eating out scheme helping to drive evening traffic, industry data has shown.

And it has already led to an increase in the number of people visiting High Streets across the country, according to Springboard, which measures footfall figures.


Meanwhile, lunchtime visits were up by 9.6 per cent. However, high street visits are still significantly down when compared to the same period in 2019.

They incorporate rapid-rapidly food chains like McDonald's and KFC as very well as loads of community, unbiased pubs, places to eat and cafes.

According to the Treasury, around 80 per cent of hospitality firms stopped trading in April, with 1.4 million workers furloughed - or put on forced leave - the highest of any sector.

There is no limit on how many moments the low cost can be used in August, or for how several people today, which includes young children.


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