The Eat Out to Help Out initiative is without doubt the best tactic deployed to date in combating the economic impact from Covid-19. The benefits are many and complimentary, so they create a compounding effect that will more than pay back the government for implementing the initiative.
Eat Out to Help Out was rolled out by Rishi Sunak and has proven to be a huge success, and not his first.
Since his appointment, Sunak has been busy creating economic policies and delivering them. He has proven to be an astute economist and politician, judging his agenda and providing actions alongside it perceptively, stemming a tide that seemed irresistible.
His cabinet colleagues and boss by comparison are just bumbling along, or not as the case may be.
Boris Johnson following his return from a camping holiday seems most concerned and even somewhat preoccupied with what songs will or will not be sung at the last night of the proms.
Gavin Williamson is being led a merry dance by Nicola Sturgeon, who seems one step ahead of him at every turn, embarrassing.
The rest of the cabinet must all still be on holiday, or not have much to do, as all seem conspicuous by their absence and activity.
The success of Eat Out to Help Out has seen the discount applied 64 million times in its first three weeks, according to the latest Treasury figures. It has also seen people venturing out to eat, that would not have done so otherwise. Taking people into city centres, high streets and side streets that all so desperately need to see increases in footfall.
Consumer confidence in the UK is at an all-time low, but during the past three and a half weeks has been dealt a measure of remedy.
Waiters, waitresses, chefs, kitchen porters and countless other jobs have been saved by the Eat Out to Help Out initiative, as has the very existence of many of their employers.
Yesterday’s passing of the last night of Eat Out to Help Out, sees our Chancellor needing to speak with his boss. He needs to sit Boris down and emphasise that the final chorus at last night of the proms is less important than the further demise of the UK’s hospitality industry.
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Eat Out to Help Out – 27 August 2020 – Eat Out to Help Out