Any Brit who heads out for a meal Monday to Wednesday in August will only have to pay for 50% of the bill, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced today.
The government will pay the other half of the bill through the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, up to £10 per head.
The discount also includes children’s meals although it won’t cover any alcoholic drinks that you order with your meal.
An £80 bill for a family of four could be reduced to just £40.
A scheme such as this has never been tried before in the UK, with the Chancellor telling the Commons that the “moment is unique” and calls on policymakers to be “creative”.
Mr Sunak added: “So, to get customers back into restaurants, cafes and pubs, and protect the 1.8 million people who work in them, I can announce today that, for the month of August, we will give everyone in the country an Eat Out to Help Out discount.”
How will the scheme work and do I need a voucher?
- The government will cover half of the cost of the meal out, up to £10 a head, including children.
- The scheme means that a meal out for two that costs £20 will be reduced to £10, but a £25 meal for two will be slashed to £15 because of the £10 cap per person. Got it?
- There isn’t a limit to the amount of times you can use the discount. In theory, you can get half price meals on every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in August.
- Businesses will need to register with the scheme on Gov.uk before being able to offer the discount, as well as be Food Standards Agency approved.
- Instead of issuing discount vouchers – which the government felt increased the risk of fraud – restaurants, cafes and pubs will be able to claim back the cash.
- The funds will then been transferred into restaurants, cafes and pubs’ business bank accounts within five working days.
- Customers will only receive the discount if they eat out at a registered business.
- The Eat Out to Help Out scheme won’t apply on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturday or Sundays.
- The scheme will begin on August 3 and run through until August 31.
- The discount will only count towards meals eaten out, so you’ll still have to pay full price for your takeaway if you order it from a restaurant.
- Further details on how you can do this will be released on July 13.