London, Aug 11 (PTI) British finance minister Rishi Sunak's Eat Out to Help Out scheme, offering 50 per cent meal discounts across restaurants, cafes and pubs in the UK, seems to be a big hit as the UK Treasury department revealed on Tuesday that it has already been used more than 10.5 million times in its first week.
The scheme, put in place from August 3 by the Indian-origin minister as a way to reinvigorate the country's hospitality sector hit hard by the coronavirus lockdown and encourage people to dine out, means the government foots the bill for 50 per cent of a meal at participating restaurants between Monday to Wednesday.
The half-price discount runs throughout August and applies to all food and non-alcoholic drinks consumed on the premises, with a maximum discount per person of 10 pound which is automatically deducted from the bill.
'Our Eat Out to Help Out scheme's number one aim is to help protect the jobs of 1.8 million chefs, waiters and restaurateurs by boosting demand and getting customers through the door,' said Sunak, the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
The Opposition parties have described the latest employment data as 'extremely worrying'.
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