Mid Scotland & Fife MSP, Dean Lockhart, has hailed the success of the UK Government’s Eat Out to Help Out Scheme after newly released figures showed that over six million meals were claimed for in Scotland during the month of August. Over 8,500 restaurants across Scotland registered for the scheme.
A total of 122,000 meals were claimed for by the 145 restaurants registered across the Stirling area. £764,000 was claimed under the discount scheme by these restaurants.
The figures also don’t yet highlight the figures from the last day of the scheme on Monday 31 August, meaning the final total across Stirling will be higher as a result of Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s shot in the arm for the hospitality sector.
Commenting, Dean Lockhart, MSP, said:-
“The Eat Out to Help Out Scheme from Rishi Sunak was a wonderfully innovative idea and one that has proven hugely popular right across the Stirling area.
“These figures show just how successful the scheme was and what a shot in the arm for the hospitality sector it has provided. This has helped them get back on their feet following the Covid-19 shutdown and has brought about a real buzz to our many wonderful restaurants, pubs, cafes and other hospitality businesses across the area.
“Many jobs that might otherwise have been lost now stand a real chance of being saved as a result of the Chancellor encouraging us to do our bit and I’d like to thank all locals and visitors who supported these businesses. There is still much more we need to do to support our hospitality sector in the coming months, but the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme has helped get it back up and running again.”