UK creates discount scheme for people to eat out in August

LONDON (AP) — The British government has unveiled a package of measures that it hopes will kick-start the economy and limit the anticipated spike in unemployment as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Treasury chief Rishi Sunak outlined a series of incentives for businesses to retain and hire staff, new funding for training and for environmental projects, and some targeted tax cuts. His most dramatic measures centered on the U.K.’s tourism and hospitality sectors which have suffered badly during the lockdown. As well as cutting sales taxes, he announced a discount scheme for people to eat out in August.