Councillor Gary Malcolm and other Londonwide Liberal Democrats are writing to the Chancellor Rishi Sunak to request an extension to the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme until the end of October, so that it falls in line with the Furlough scheme extension.
The negative impact of the pandemic on individuals and businesses has been far greater than anticipated earlier this year, so the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme has been tremendously beneficial.
Burzin Mistry, owner of local independent Chiswick based café, The Post Room, pictured above added, “Eat Out To Help Out is fantastic. The scheme has boosted trade by 20 and 25% and is a lifeline for small, independent businesses like mine.”
Small cafés and large food chains have been able to operate and service customers as a result of this scheme. When many of these saw their sales fall to zero post lockdown, Eat Out to Help Out has been crucial to the survival of some of these businesses, especially when they still have to operate at a lower capacity to comply with social distancing rules.
The current amount spent on Eat Out To Help Out scheme is a relatively small cost to the overall stimulus package. In order to help get the economy up and running again, businesses need sustained help and support from the central government to survive in the interim to prevent them from closing down.