Britain has launched a $A897 million "Eat out to help out" discount scheme to boost spending at restaurants, cafes and pubs. Yeah, apparently, people are still working through their stockpile of carbs.
They’re offering half-priced meals from Monday to Wednesday to get people spending again. Which probably means that the McDonald’s Loose Change menu will now be called the Whatever Is Under Your Car Seat Menu.
For the month of August, the scheme will entitle diners to a 50 per cent discount of up to 10 pounds ($A18) per head on their meal, finance minister Rishi Sunak said. We can only assume Harry and Meghan regret leaving the UK now!
"This moment is unique. We need to be creative," Sunak told parliament during a statement on the outlook for the economy.
The discount can be used unlimited times in August and will be valid Monday to Wednesday in a bid to encourage people to dine out throughout the week and not just at the weekend. So if they didn’t stack on the kilos in lockdown, they definitely will now.
Britain's food service industry, which employed 1.8 million people before the crisis, has suffered thousands of job cuts, with lay-offs announced by firms including the owners of the Caffe Ritazza and Cafe Rouge chains.
Kate Nicholls, chief executive of industry lobby group UKHospitality, welcomed the announcements.
"The measures announced today are extremely positive... and they should give many businesses in our sector much-needed help to get going again in earnest," she said.
But businesses in other parts of the economy said they had been left out. However, with all this eating out, it’s only a matter of time before plumbers start offering 50% off.