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Revealed: how much diners in Norfolk and Suffolk claimed on the Eat Out to Help Out scheme




More than 170,000 meals were claimed in south Norfolk as part of the Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme, new figures have revealed.

The scheme, which ran during August 2020, saw diners receive a 50 per cent discount on meals – up to a value of £10 – in an effort to kick-start the economy.

Critics have, however, since questioned the campaign’s efficacy and blamed it for accelerating the spread of coronavirus.

Keith Canham of Time Out Coffee in Diss – one of 102 south Norfolk eateries participating in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE PHOTOGRAPHY.
Keith Canham of Time Out Coffee in Diss – one of 102 south Norfolk eateries participating in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE PHOTOGRAPHY.

Data released by HMRC shows that in south Norfolk, 102 restaurants participated in the scheme, giving out 171,000 half-priced meals, saving customers – and costing taxpayers – more than £885,000.

On average, restaurants in the area claimed £8,700, and customers made an average saving of £5.18 per visit.

Across the border in mid Suffolk, 61 restaurants participated in the scheme, dishing out more than 73,000 meals. More than £411,000 was claimed by eateries in the district, averaging around £6,700 per establishment – the fifth lowest in the whole of England.

Across the country, businesses claimed £849 million through the initiative.



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