Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced that the government will pay for dinners at restaurants and pubs in order to get people dining out again.

The 'Eat Out to Help Out' voucher scheme will see diners receive up to 50% off the cost of their dinner (sit-down meals and non-alcoholic drinks) in August between Mondays and Wednesdays. The scheme will cover meals up to £10 per head. 

Restaurants will need to sign up in order to participate in the scheme.

What do you think of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme?

Critics say it doesn't go far enough and should be extended beyond Mondays and Wednesdays. 


People have also mocked the name of the scheme. 

But Witney MP Robert Courts says the scheme will be 'hugely welcome' for west Oxfordshire restaurants.

The Chancellor announced the scheme as part of a range of measures, such as VAT cuts and a cut in stamp duty, as well as new apprenticeships, to stop widespread job losses in the fallout from coronavirus

Oxford East MP and Labour's Shadow Chancellor Anneliese Dodds criticised the statement, saying: "We got a summer statement with many of the big decisions put off until later."

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