Eat Out to Help Out proved a success in the High Peak

More than 68,000 meals were claimed in the High Peak under the government's Eat Out to Help Out scheme, according to latest statistics.

Local MP Robert Largan has hailed the success of the scheme, which was designed to support the hospitality industry.

In total, more than 100 million meals were claimed across the UK under the scheme, which ran throughout August.

In total, 84,700 establishments signed up to the scheme, including 120 in the High Peak.

The scheme is credited with protecting 1.8 million jobs across the country, with restaurant bookings significantly up on the previous year. Data from OpenTable shows bookings increased by an average of 52 per cent on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays throughout the whole of August, compared to the same days in 2019.

A temporary VAT discount from 20 per cent to five per cent until 12 January 2021 is also currently in place for hospitality premises. 

Mr Largan commented: "I am absolutely thrilled at the level of support local people in the High Peak 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. It was about protecting jobs which rely on businesses that have really struggled through coronavirus.

"I have no doubt that there are businesses in the High Peak today which, without this brilliant scheme, may not have made it through the summer. I hope local people will continue to support them in the months ahead." 

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