Cornwall Reports says the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, which has cost taxpayers £180 million to subsidise the hospitality sector, has benefited 266,000 diners in North Cornwall.
The scheme saw a total of 1,178,000 meals consumed across the whole of Cornwall, with the figures as follows:
North Cornwall: 266,000
(to be fair, that’s a wide area, including Bude, Crackington, Boscastle, Tintagel, Port Isaac, foodie Padstow and Rock, along as far as Newquay).
St Ives: 250,000
St Austell & Newquay: 249,000
Truro & Falmouth: 176,000
Camborne & Redruth: 128,000
South East Cornwall: 109,000
There have been critics of the scheme but some balance is needed, for the scheme has meant many people in the sector remained employed over the summer who might otherwise has lost their jobs or been laid off; therefore, presumably there was a reduction in benefits paid out. Or conversely, poverty, among already usually low-paid workers.