A NEW government initiative that could help you save on bills in restaurants will launch tomorrow. 
 
The 'Eat out to Help Out' scheme was announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak to help give a boost to the economy after it was revealed that almost 1.4 million hospitality workers were placed on furlough during lockdown.  
 
The scheme was introduced to encourage people to visit local eateries, even though figures released by the Office of National Statistics state that two-in-10 adults felt comfortable to have a sit-down meal in a restaurant. 
 
The initiative is the first of its kind and Mr Sunak said: “This moment is unique. We need to be creative."
 
"To get customers back into restaurants, cafes and pubs, and protect the 1.8 million people who work in them, I can announce today that, for the month of August, we will give everyone in the country an Eat Out to Help Out discount."
 
The scheme will take effect tomorrow (August 3) and will offer a discount of up to 50 per cent when eating in a participating restaurant, pub, or cafe. 
 
It will be valid all day on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from August 3 - 31 and the maximum discount available will be £10 per person.
 
The scheme can be used as many times as you would like each day and there is no limit to how many people in one party may use the discount - which also includes children.
'Eat Out to Helo Out' will not be valid in areas that are in a local lockdown and the discount cannot be used to pay for alcoholic drinks, service charges, or food for a private function or event.
 
Takeaway orders will also not be covered by the scheme, alongside food from catering services, bed and breakfasts, or mobile food vans. 
 
For more information about the scheme, and to find out which eateries near you have signed up to the scheme, click here.