The Essex towns which made the most of the Eat Out To Help Out campaign have been revealed.
The month of August saw many of us heading to restaurants and pubs and to make use of the new state-funded discount.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that between Monday to Wednesday, everyone would qualify for 50 per cent on food and soft drinks up to a maximum of £10 – with restaurants claiming the money back from the government.
It has been widely commended by businesses across the county, who have seen many customers head back inside venues to claim the discount.
The government has released data today to show how each county, region and constituency used the scheme – with one Essex town coming out on top of the list of money-saving across the whole country.
Across the whole of the East of England, a total of 4,810,000 meals were claimed.
Of all the constituencies in Essex, Rochford and Southend East claimed the most meals – a whopping 149,000.
Not far behind was Maldon with 139,000 claimed and Saffron Waldon with 113,000.
In terms of the average discount per meal, Rayleigh and Wickford bagged the biggest discounts across every UK constituency.
The average discount a customer in Rayleigh or Wickford saved per meal was an astonishing £8.22.
Brentwood and Ongar was not too far behind with the average saving per meal being £7.37, and Epping Forest with an average £7.10 saving.
The constituency with the least claimed meals was South Basildon and East Thurrock, seeing only 19,000 meals claimed back.
This is the data from Eat Out to Help Out in every Essex constituency, according to HM Revenue and Customs.
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