Huw welcomes measures to boost tourism and hospitality businesses across the Bexhill and Battle constituency

  • VAT to be cut for six months for all businesses in the hospitality, accommodation and attractions industries, including up to 565 in Bexhill and Battle
  • Public urged to ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ with 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 the Bexhill and Battle constituency, as part of his Summer Economic Update to kickstart the economy post-coronavirus.

Local MP, Huw Merriman, 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 565 businesses could stand to benefit from the measures in the Bexhill and Battle constituency.

Huw has also urged local people to eat out to help out, following the announcement that the Government will pay for up to 50 per cent 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 265 local businesses in could benefit from the move.

Taken together, these measures will provide a timely and much-needed boost to the tourism and hospitality industries in the Bexhill and Battle constituency, 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.

Commenting, Huw said:

“I know how difficult recent months have been for many businesses in the Bexhill and Battle constituency. With the virus coming under control, we must turn our attention to creating and protecting jobs. I hope that local residents 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. Many local businesses have been there for us during this crisis; I hope that the community will get behind our local economy and help protect jobs.”