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Henry Smith MP: Eat Out to Help Out

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One of the sectors hardest hit by COVID-19 has been our hospitality industry. While Crawley workers employed in this field have benefited from Government support such as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the industry’s success going forward will depend on adhering to social distancing rules for a while to come and getting customers through the door.

The Eat Out to Help Out scheme will see the Government support restaurants by reimbursing up to 50 per cent of people’s meals out, up to a maximum of £10 per person, at restaurants, pubs and cafes on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout August.

The initiative will not only allow a discount on meals, but will help provide security to those workers whose livelihoods depend on people going out to eat.

Up to 165 businesses in Crawley could benefit from this programme, which will see money paid within five working days.

Participating establishments will be published on the Government website, GOV.UK, so we can all see who is taking part.

Other measures announced by the Chancellor at the Summer Economic Update include a VAT cut for hospitality, accommodation and attraction businesses from 20 per cent to 5 per cent for six months. Up to 370 companies could stand to benefit from this support in Crawley.

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

Henry Smith

Henry Smith MP: Poppy Appeal 2020

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In his article this week, Crawley MP Henry Smith looks to raise awareness of the importance of continuing support for the Royal British Legion:

Throughout the course of this year we have seen so many aspects of day-to-day life affected by COVID-19, with few being more poignant than the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

With the pandemic impacting some of the more traditional and familiar ways we remember, I am keen to raise awareness of how we can continue to support the Royal British Legion in a safe and socially distant manner.

  • Poppies in the Post: The Royal British Legion’s website allows you to request 20 poppies free of charge, which can be distributed to friends and neighbours. Many of the volunteers who usually distribute more than 40 million poppies annually are unable to do so this year, so we are being asked to step in to support the Armed Forces community and ensure their contribution to our country is not forgotten. Please remember to make a donation to the Royal British Legion after requesting your poppies.
  • Printable Poppy: Unfortunately, large scale gatherings at the Cenotaph in London, at memorials across Crawley and around the country to pay our respects will be restricted to a smaller number of representatives. The Royal British Legion have therefore launched the Printable Poppy – an A4 poster which can be displayed at home, perhaps in the front window – for us to show our support.
  • My Poppy Run: A further consequence of COVID-19 are the changes to the My Poppy Run events which are usually held in October and November. Due to social distancing, these are taking place virtually, with participants being able to run, jog or walk while raising money.
  • Visit the local supermarket: The Royal British Legion have confirmed that supermarkets including Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Morrisons, Aldi and Asda, in addition to online retailers such as Amazon and eBay, as well as Lloyds Bank and Santander are supporting the 2020 Poppy Appeal. Each location has a number of cashless donation options, and Morrisons and Sainsbury’s offer customers an option to add a donation to their shopping bill.
  • Poppy Shop: With products ranging from poppy pins and jewellery, to clothing, stationery and homeware, 100 per cent of profits from the Poppy Shop go towards the Royal British Legion’s work to support the Armed Forces community.
  • Donate online or by text: The Legion’s website allows supporters to make a donation online, or by sending a text message to donate £2, £5 or £10.

While the ways our country reflects and remembers will undoubtedly feel different, the message remains the same. The sense of duty of all in the Armed Forces community will never be forgotten.

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

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