An update on the Eat Out to Help Out scheme

08 September 2020

Although the Eat Out to Help Out scheme closed on 31 August 2020, HMRC is reminding businesses that they have until the end of September 2020 to claim for the days on which they offered discounts to diners.

Claims are submitted online, and payment will be made within five working days.

Some restaurants have decided to extend the scheme to September but will not receive any money back from the government as they did for Mondays – Wednesdays throughout August.

Recent figures highlight the fact that the scheme resulted in a significant increase in restaurant bookings and grew in popularity each week. As at midnight on 31 August 2020, over 100 million meals had been eaten under the scheme. 84,700 establishments signed up to the scheme, making a total of 130,000 claims, equalling £522 million, which will have worked to protect jobs. The rationale behind the scheme was to influence people to get out and to spend money, in a bid to kickstart the economy after the turmoil caused by coronavirus.


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