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Public health ignored in Govt's 'Eat Out to Help Out' scheme

August 3, 2020 7:00 AM

Liberal Democrat Health, Wellbeing and Social Care spokesperson Munira Wilson commented Munira Wilsonon the Treasury's "Eat Out to Help Out" discount scheme for restaurants starting on Monday,

"We all recognise the need to support the high street through the pandemic, but the Government should have been more discerning with this scheme.

"Obesity is already an immense challenge for people and the NHS, but the latest research suggests it also contributes to the deadliness of coronavirus. With a number of fast-food chains signing up to the scheme, it seems clear that public health did not factor into the Government's decision.

"The Government must put public health first and exclude from the scheme meals and drinks proven to contribute to obesity. We cannot afford to risk lives as we re-open the economy."