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Eat Out to Help Out

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Dear HM Treasury,

This is a request under Freedom of Information legislation in regards to the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

On the 28 January 2021 The Sun newspaper covered EOHO favourably saying "Rishi Sunak defends his job-saving Eat Out to Help Out scheme as data shows no link to increased Covid cases"

"Now data published by the Treasury shows areas with the high take up of the scheme also still had the low virus levels between August and October.

"The figures show places such as Westminster and Scarborough and North Devon had very high take-up of Eat Out to Help Out, but very low subsequent Covid cases.

"Meanwhile Knowsley, Rochdale, Merthyr Tydfil had far higher Covid rates, but lower levels of use of the scheme."

And The Sun quoted a Treasury spokesperson as saying: “These figures confirm that take-up of Eat Out to Help Out does not correlate with incidence of Covid regionally – and indeed where it does the relationship is negative.”

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/13881675/r...

I am aware the Treasury has published economic data on the scheme by geographic breakdown here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics...

However it appears the Treasury has not published details of the analysis of EOHO vs Covid cases.

Please provide the source data and the analysis used to draw the conclusion that there is a NEGATIVE correlation between EOHO and Covid cases.

Yours faithfully,

David Dinsmore

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Our ref: FOI2023/19612

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