Measures to Improve Hospitality and Eating Out Welcomed by Local MP

  • VAT to be cut for six months for all businesses in the hospitality, accommodation and attractions industries, including up to 570 in South West Bedfordshire.
  • Public urged to ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ with a new voucher scheme to encourage people to support local restaurants throughout August
  • The Chancellor has announced a much-needed boost for tourism and hospitality businesses in South West Bedfordshire, as part of his Summer Economic Update to kickstart the economy post-coronavirus.
Andrew Selous MP has welcomed the measures, which will see VAT for hospitality, accommodation and attraction businesses cut from 20 per cent to 5 per cent for six months. The move is designed to support the sectors which have been particularly hard hit by the coronavirus crisis, helping businesses to recover and boosting the number of jobs across the country. Up to 570 businesses could stand to benefit from the measures in South West Bedfordshire.

Discount Meals — Eat Out to Help Out

Andrew Selous MP is urging local people to eat out to help out. The Government will pay for up to 50 per cent of the cost of people’s meals out at restaurants, pubs and cafes on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout August. The Eat Out to Help Out scheme will entitle everyone to a discount of up to 50 per cent on their meal, up to a maximum of £10 per person. Businesses can claim the money back from the Government, which will be paid in five working days. Up to 200 businesses in South West Bedfordshire could benefit from the move.

Taken together, these measures will provide a timely and much-needed boost to the tourism and hospitality industries in South West Bedfordshire, forming a key part of the Government’s plan for jobs – supporting people to find jobs, creating new jobs and protecting jobs in hard-hit sectors.

Andrew Selous said: 
“We should not underestimate how difficult recent months have been for many businesses in South West Bedfordshire. Now that the virus is coming under control, we must turn our attention to creating and protecting jobs.

“I hope that everyone in South West Bedfordshire will answer the call to Eat Out to Help Out. This fantastic new voucher scheme, along with the cut in VAT, is the much-needed lifeline many businesses have been calling for.

“Our plan for jobs will turn our national recovery into millions of stories of personal renewal – as the Conservatives continue to stand squarely behind people, businesses and our economy.”


Child Obesity

  • Andrew Selous has long been concerned to reduce child obesity. In 2018 he predicted dire futures for those overweight during a Westminster debate on the public health crisis. He urged health food producers to follow the model of spinach-devouring cartoon character Popeye, whose strength came from the plant. At the time he said, “Popeye, as we all know from our own childhoods, ate lots of spinach and in this particular television programme it showed children developing fantastic muscles through eating lots of spinach, and what happened? Those children that watched lots of Popeye programmes doubled their intake of spinach and other green vegetables.”

Selous On Cummings

Andrew Selous, MP for SW Bedfordshire: ‘I believe that his behaviour has damaged the Prime Minister, the Government and, most critically of all, the integrity of our vital public health messages. I, therefore, think he should no longer have a role in Government as his continued presence makes the vital work of the Government in tackling COVID-19 more difficult. I have told the Government this.’ (source)


Stay Alert

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:
  • Stay at home as much as possible
  • Work from home if you can
  • Limit contact with other people
  • Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
For the latest government advice on Coronavirus COVID-19, please go to https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus


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