THOUSANDS of meals were claimed in Rugby under the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, helping pubs and restaurants stay afloat last month.
According to statistics revealed last week, more than 65,000 meals were discounted in the Rugby and Bulkington parliamentary constituency under the scheme, which ran throughout the month of August to help support pubs and restaurants as the country recovers from coronavirus.
A total of 74 local restaurants signed up to the scheme, helping to kickstart the local economy with 65,000 meals discounted by an average of £5.83 per meal.
Rugby and Bulkington MP Mark Pawsey said “I am delighted at the level of support residents have provided to our brilliant restaurants and hospitality businesses.
“Eat Out to Help Out was always about far more than just giving people money off their meals. The scheme was about protecting jobs at businesses which have really struggled through coronavirus, and getting people back out safely as we begin to recover.
“The figures we have seen show this scheme has been a great success and without it I have no doubt that there are businesses in Rugby and Bulkington today which may have closed over the summer.
“The Government has brought forward an unprecedented package of measures to help protect, support and create jobs as we bounce back from coronavirus and will continue to do whatever it takes over the coming months.”