Throughout August, Chancellor Rishi Runak’s Eat Out To Help Out scheme sent Brits across the country out for cheap dinners.
After the coronavirus lockdown, the 50% off discount, reimbursed by the Government, was tipped to boost the economy and help the hospitality industry recover.
Thousands of diners left their homes to take advantage of the cheap eats programme.
In fact, over 100 million discounted dinners were claimed – with up to £10 off seeming too good to ignore.
Now, it seems that the dining out discount could return.
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A winter version of Eat Out To Help Out is “under review” by the Treasury, says a government minister.
Speaking to the House of Commons yesterday, MP Steve Double said: "August has been incredibly busy in Cornwall but we do face a big challenge as we head into winter for the hospitality sector.
"So could I ask [Sunak] if he would consider a similar sort of scheme to be run at some point during the winter to help as many businesses as possible survive the winter and be here for next summer?"
Financial Secretary to the Treasury Jesse Norman replied: "I would say that there is this wider package... of course the Treasury keeps all these measures under review...
"But it is a pretty formidable combination of VAT reduction, business rates relief and of course billions in tax deferrals and loans.”
Chancellor Rishi said that the scheme had helped to “drive our economic recovery”.
A huge 84,700 restaurants signed up for the scheme.
Claims reached £522 million, reports Tyla.
The Chancellor added: “I want to thank everyone, from restaurant owners to waiters, chefs and diners, for embracing it and helping drive our economic recovery.
"The scheme is just one part of our plan for jobs and we will continue to protect, support and create jobs to ensure we come back stronger as a nation."
Whether the discount does return could depend o many factors.
But, the biggest is perhaps the UK’s “R” rate of infection.
Pockets of Britain have gone into a further lockdown this week, including the North East and parts of Wales due to high infection rates.
If numbers begin to climb, then government endorsed socialising would be unlikely to be encouraged.
Brits should remember to maintain social distancing measures, wash their hands more frequently and wear masks.