Thousands of West Lindsey diners used ‘eat out’ scheme

Diners in West Lindsey claimed thousands of meals during the Eat Out to Help Out scheme last summer, according to the latest figures from the Government.
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Eat Out to Help Out scheme

The scheme, which was designed to give struggling hospitality businesses a financial boost during the pandemic, saw foodies across the country dine out for a fraction of the usual cost.

The Government picked up 50 per cent of the bill (up to £10 per person) three days a week throughout August.

Figures released from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs show that more than 106 million meals were claimed for across the UK, totalling over £611 million.

Diners in West Lindsey claimed 94,000 meals across 63 restaurants under the scheme.

This provided an average discount of £5.11 per meal.

The total amount claimed by West Lindsey businesses was £479,000. This resulted in restaurants claiming an average of £7,600.

Regionally, 3,925 restaurants in the East Midlands claimed for 6,515,000 meals. This equaled £36,434,000 in discount claimed.

Outlets claimed an average of £9,300 and diners saved an average £5.59 per meal.

The data only includes registered businesses with fewer than 25 outlets.

UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls said although the scheme was a “welcome boost” to businesses, more now needs to be done by the Government to help businesses through this national lockdown.