Residents and businesses welcome Eat Out to Help Out Scheme in Northumberland

Businesses and residents in Northumberland are welcoming the Eat Out To Help Out Scheme, which will give people in the town up to 50 per cent off their bills in restaurants, cafes and pubs on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout August.

The scheme – part of the government’s Plan for Jobs that will spur the country’s economic recovery from coronavirus – applies to all food and non-alcoholic drinks, with a maximum discount per person of £10.

In the North East, there are 1664 participating independent establishments, and outlets from smaller chains (those with 25 restaurants or fewer). To find out the restaurants near you taking part click here.

More than 72,000 establishments are participating in total, including independent eateries and family favourites such as Pizza Express, Costa Coffee and Nando’s.

The scheme will help keep more money in hardworking families’ pockets and give the UK’s hospitality sector a vital boost.

Also included in the Government’s £30 billion Plan for Jobs:

  • A temporary cut in VAT for the tourism and hospitality sectors.
  • A Job Retention Bonus to encourage employers to retain staff who have been on the furlough scheme, with the Government paying a one-off bonus of £1,000 for every employee who was furloughed and who is kept on until 31 January.
  • The temporary removal of stamp duty on all homes under £500,000 until the end of March 2021, to catalyse the housing market.
  • A new Kickstart Scheme, which will create hundreds of thousands of new, fully-subsidised jobs for young people.

Commenting, Phil Grieveson who campaigns for the Conservative Party in Ashington, said:

“The Eat Out To Help Out scheme is a great way to boost local businesses and protect jobs across our hospitality sector – which has been hard hit by coronavirus – while allowing families to keep more money in their pockets.

“I’d like to give a particular shout out to the Chip Inn which is one of many fantastic restaurants around Ashington who are taking advantage of the scheme. I spoke to them about how it will help them and it is definitely welcomed there!”

Sam Liddle, who campaigns for the party in Wensleydale, Blyth, added:

“This is now a great opportunity for restaurants and diners alike but I would still encourage people to take care when going into restaurants. The Blyth based businesses have gone all out to ensure that customers can eat there safely so its now with us to help them help us!”

Commenting, Cllr Gordon Stewart said:

“Prudhoe has a wide range of pubs and restaurants who will benefit from this scheme. Hopefully residents will take full advantage because now the area is back up and running this is the perfect time to get a Conservative government-backed bargain.”

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said:

“Our Eat Out to Help Out scheme’s number one aim is to help protect the jobs of 1.8 million chefs, waiters pub owners and restaurateurs by boosting demand and getting customers through the door.

“More than 72,000 establishments will be serving discounted meals across the country, with the government paying half the bill. The industry is a vital ingredient to our economy and has been hit hard by coronavirus. So enjoy summer safely by showing your local restaurants your support.”