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You Can Get Half Price McDonald's In August Through Government Scheme

You Can Get Half Price McDonald's In August Through Government Scheme

From next week, you'll be able to feast on half price McDonald's in the UK through the government's 'Eat Out to Help Out' scheme.

The initiative offers people 50 percent off food and non-alcoholic drinks at restaurants up to the value of £10 per head, running between Monday and Wednesday from 3 to 31 August.

You can get half price Maccies next month. Credit: PA
You can get half price Maccies next month. Credit: PA

McDonald's has registered with the scheme, meaning you'll be able to enjoy a Big Mac for £1.60, a box of 20 McNuggets for £3, a Happy Meal for £1.30, a medium milkshake for £1 and a McFlurry for 50p.

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The scheme only applies to people eating out though, hence the scheme's name, so you won't be able to claim the discount if you get a drive-thru or a takeaway delivery.

Maccies is one of numerous chains to sign up for the scheme, along with the likes of Nando's, Burger King and Wagamama.

More than 32,000 restaurants have signed up and you can find the ones near you that are getting involved by entering your postcode on the government's 'Eat Out to Help Out' restaurant finder page here.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announced the initiative earlier this month while detailing his Plan for Jobs scheme, which has also seen VAT cut for the hospitality and tourism sectors.

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For six months, tax has been slashed from 20 percent to five percent on food, accommodation and attractions - a move the government has said is 'a £4bn catalyst benefiting over 150,000 businesses', which will help protect 2.4 million jobs.

It is hoped the initiative will help boost the hospitality sector following lockdown. Credit: PA
It is hoped the initiative will help boost the hospitality sector following lockdown. Credit: PA

Sunak said: "The best jobs programme we can do is to restart these sectors, and get our pubs, restaurants, cafes and B&Bs bustling again.

"I know people are cautious about going out, but we wouldn't have listed the restrictions if we didn't think we could do so safely. I've seen how in the last few weeks hard business are working to make their premises safe, and if we follow the guidance and respect what they ask us to do, we can all enjoy summer safely.

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"In turn, we need to give these businesses the confidence to know that if they open up, invest in making their premises safe and protect jobs, demand will be there - and be there quickly."

He continued: "At the moment, VAT on hospitality and tourism is charged at 20 percent, so I've decided for the next six months to cut that on food, accommodation and attractions.

"Eat-in or hot takeaway food from restaurants, cafes and pubs, accommodation in hotels, B&Bs, campsites and caravan parks, attractions like cinemas, theme parks and zoos: all these and more will see VAT reduced from next Wednesday until January 12, from 20 percent to five percent."

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Topics: Food, UK News, McDonald's

Jake Massey

Jake Massey is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from Newcastle University, where he learnt a bit about media and a lot about living without heating. After spending a few years in Australia and New Zealand, Jake secured a role at an obscure radio station in Norwich, inadvertently becoming a real-life Alan Partridge in the process. From there, Jake became a reporter at the Eastern Daily Press. Jake enjoys playing football, listening to music and writing about himself in the third person.