More than 57,000 meals were claimed in Hemel Hempstead under the government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme, according to the latest statistics.
In total, more than 100 million meals were claimed across the UK under the scheme, which ran throughout the month of August.
In total, 84,700 establishments signed up to the scheme, including 84 in the Hemel Hempstead constituency.
Both local Sir Mike Penning MP and Chancellor Rishi Sunak have hailed the success of the scheme, which was designed to support the hospitality industry after a challenging few month.
The scheme is credited with protecting 1.8 million jobs across the country, with restaurant bookings significantly up on the previous year.
Data from OpenTable shows bookings increased by an average of 52 per cent on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the whole of August, compared to the same days in 2019.
Commenting, Sir Mike MP said: “I am absolutely thrilled at the level of support local people have provided to our brilliant restaurants and hospitality businesses.
“Eat Out to Help Out was always about far more than just giving people money off their meals – it was about protecting jobs which are reliant on businesses which have really struggled through coronavirus.
“I have no doubt that there are businesses in this constituency today which, without this brilliant scheme, may not have made it through the summer. I hope local people will continue to support them in the months ahead.”
The government will continue to support the hospitality industry with a temporary discount to VAT, from 20 per cent to 5 per cent, until 12 January 2021.