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By Mikey Smith
Rishi Sunak has announced a 50% off voucher for dining out in August – but don’t get too excited, you can’t use the government’s eat out voucher for half price booze.
The government’s ‘eat out’ voucher can’t be used for half-price booze, we are sorry to report.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a 50% off voucher to be used for meals out in August, to help pump cash back into the struggling high street.
It will be valid at 130,000 cafés, restaurants and pubs across the UK and equate to 50% off, up to a max discount of £10 per head.
But, crucially, it won’t be available to spend on alcoholic drinks – so any dreams of budget day drinking at the hight of summer should be swiftly dismissed.
The scheme will entitle every diner to a 50% discount of up to £10 per head on their meal, at any participating restaurant, café, pub or other eligible food service establishment.
But the treasury confirmed it would only be available to spend on non-alcoholic drinks.
The discount can be used unlimited times and will be valid Monday to Wednesday on any eat-in meal, including on non-alcoholic drinks, for the entire month of August 2020 across the UK.
Participating establishments will be fully reimbursed for the 50% discount and will be able to apply for the cash via a soon-to-launch online portal.
The eat out to help out scheme will be followed by a temporary VAT cut to 5% encourage consumers to make the most of the hospitality sector this summer.
The rate of VAT applied on most tourism and hospitality-related activities will be cut from 20% to 5%.
But while that will apply to many aspects of the great British night out, including hot takeaway food – it will also not apply to alcoholic beverages.
But the Treasury said it would save households an average of around £160 a year.
“This will give these businesses the confidence to maintain their staff, as more people get through the door and business activity kick-starts again,” the Treasury added.
“Running through August, the voucher will also give households a 50% reduction on the meals, up to £10 per head, on sit down meals and non-alcoholic drinks. The vouchers will be able to be used on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.”
Original article: Mirror