How does the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme work?


How does the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme work?

The Eat Out to Help Out Scheme terms and conditions:

Valid Mondays throughout September from 7th – 28th. The discount is applied automatically as below before the bill is presented.

The discount offered must be 50%, up to a maximum of £10 per person, to diners for food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in. There is no limit to the number of times customers can use the offer during the period of the scheme. You cannot get a discount for someone who is not eating or drinking.

What counts as a ‘diner’
A diner is any person, adult or child, for whom food or drink is being purchased for consumption on premises. A diner does not need to be the paying customer.

Applying the £10 per person cap to a single bill
Where there is more than one diner on a single bill, the cap does not need to be calculated for each individual diner based on their specific orders. Instead, the discount that is applied to the overall bill should be capped at the number of diners multiplied by £10.

As per the Government guides, the £10 cap applies when the spend is over £20 per person, otherwise the discount is 50%.
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Example 1: 4 guests, total bill £85 (no alcohol) = automatic discount of (4x £10) £40, balance to pay £45
Example 2: 4 guests, total bill £45 (no alcohol) = 50% total discount £22.50, balance to pay £17.50
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Example of applying the cap to a £60 bill
A group of four diners (2 adults and 2 children) spend £60, including £10 on alcoholic beverages.

Description Price
Bill before service charge and discount £60.00
Total bill £60.00
Amount spent on alcohol £10.00
Amount that discount can be applied to £50.00
Discount to customers (50% of 50) £25.00
Bill after discount is applied £35.00
The total discount is £25, which is £6.25 per diner and is below the £10 per diner cap.

Example of applying the cap to a £100 bill
A group of four diners (2 adults and 2 children) spend £100, including £10 on alcoholic beverages. There is a 10% service charge bringing the pre-discount bill to £110.

Description Price
Bill before service charge and discount £100.00
Total bill £100.00
Amount spent on alcohol £10.00
Amount that discount can be applied to £90.00
Uncapped discount to customers (50% of 90) £45.00
Capped discount (£10 per diner) £40.00
Bill after discount is applied £60.00
The uncapped discount is £45, which is £11.25 per diner and is above the £10 per diner cap. The discount is therefore capped at £40.

Example of applying a discount without the £10 cap
One person dines at your establishment and the total bill is £4. No alcohol is purchased.  
Description Price
Total Bill £4
Uncapped discount to customers (50% of 4) £2
Bill after discount is applied £2 
The £10 per diner cap does not apply.