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Eat out scheme

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The Treasury has issued a Direction (under Coronavirus Act 2020 ss 71 and 76) setting out the operational requirements for the government’s new ‘eat out to help out’ scheme which, alongside the temporary reduced rate of VAT for catering, is designed to encourage customers to return to restaurants and other establishments on Mondays to Wednesdays in August 2020. Although the VAT changes have broadly been welcomed, the eat out scheme has attracted criticism, with Shadow Chancellor Anneliese Dodds tweeting: ‘families aren’t staying at home because they’re waiting for a tenner off a meal. They’re staying at home because they’re still worried about coronavirus’.

Issue: 1496
Categories: News