In a move to boost the country’s struggling economy, chancellor Rishi Sunak has encouraged Britain to “eat out to help out” while adding that the was “worried about a generation that is scarred by coronavirus” amid reports of job losses across the UK.
“This is a consumption-driven economy. People used to, three months ago, go out with their friends or family to go and have a meal. Or buy a car, or upgrade their house, or move house. Go camping, come up to the Yorkshire Dales and go to coast to coast,” he told the media.
Rishi Sunak thinks that the public will have to “relearn what it’s like to go out again” and added, in what may become his new slogan: “Eat out to help out”.
The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson also urged Britons to support local businesses as they open their doors to do business for the first time in more than three months.
He added, “the success of these businesses … and ultimately the economic health of the whole country is dependent on every single one of us acting responsibly. We must not let them down.
“I can certainly tell you I will buy and drink a pint but not a yard and I will repeat the message to everybody that this is a big turning point for us, we’ve got to get it right. Let’s work together and enjoy the summer safely.”
Rishi Sunak also said that Treasury analysis reveals government support during the lockdown had reduced the adverse effect of the pandemic to average household incomes from 30 per cent to around 10 per cent.
Mr Sunak also said that it had supported the poorest the most, even although he accepted the young would-be hardest hit as measures such as the furlough scheme were phased out.