Ben HaywardAugust 26th

Deliveroo is launching its own version of the government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme. 

Launching on September 1st and running until the end of October, the Eat IN to Help Out scheme will see £5 knocked off the cost of deliveries in order to support smaller businesses, many of whom are still struggling to bounce back from the economic effects of Covid-19.

Just like the Eat Out to Help Out scheme - which is due to end on  August 31st, Deliveroo’s new offer will run on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with customers being provided with a different code every week in order to claim the reduction.

So far around 16,000 businesses have signed up to Deliveroo's 'Eat IN to Help Out' scheme, and while larger chains have been given the option to take part, they will have to fund the discount themselves.

On top of that, new customers are also being given 14 days' free delivery throughout September and October - meaning there is the potential for some pretty huge savings to be made!

Speaking about the scheme, Deliveroo founder Will Shu said the company wanted to help protect the most vulnerable businesses during these testing times. 

Mr Shu said: "Deliveroo is passionate about supporting local restaurants, who are central to our business and so many high streets across the UK.

"Our restaurant partners play a vital role in our economy, just as they do people's everyday lives, bringing people the food they love

"We know they have been hit hard recently, and we hope Our Eat IN to Help Out scheme can play a part in helping their businesses through this difficult period."

Deliveroo’s scheme comes right as the government’s is set to end and judging by some of the numbers it looks likely to be popular. 

According to the latest figures from HM Revenue & Customs, more than 64 million meals were claimed since the beginning of August - the equivalent of one for nearly every person in the country.

Speaking about the scheme, Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “Today’s figures continue to show that Brits are backing hospitality – with more than 64m meals discounted so far, that’s equivalent to nearly every person in the country dining out to protect jobs.”

He added that that it had helped to protect the jobs of almost 2 million people working in the hospitality industry, adding: “This scheme has reminded us how much we love to dine out.”

However, HMRC also said that £336m had been claimed so far, indicating that consumers were receiving a discount of about £5.25 per head on average although that’s projected to rise to over £500m as claims can be made until the deadline at the end of September. 

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