RISHI Sunak was urged to encourage Brits to hit the shops following the easing of lockdown restrictions.
With many businesses badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic, the Chancellor considered a proposal to give every adult a £500 voucher as part of plans to jumpstart the economy – but will it happen?
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Is Rishi Sunak giving households £500 to spend in shops?
The proposals drawn up by the Resolution Foundation to support struggling firms.
The think tank claimed the scheme can help stimulate shopping in stores, rather than online sales, which have boomed during the pandemic.
But the proposal was not successful and not taken on by the Chancellor for his mini-Budget.
What was announced in the mini-Budget?
CHANCELLOR Rishi Sunak has announced a £30billion “plan for jobs
The changes were announced in what’s been described as a “mini-Budget” following the coronavirus.
Here’s what the Chancellor announced:
What vouchers and schemes are there?
While the £500 voucher is not an option, Mr Sunak did reveal a number of schemes that will save Brits some cash.
Among them is regarding pubs and restaurants, who will cut their prices in HALF from Monday to Wednesday during August – a scheme being called Eat Out to Help Out.
Employers are also being urged to take staff back on after furlough winds down by receiving £1000 for every worker they bring back and keep until at least January.
That is on top of the up to £2000 employers could take home for taking on new trainees or apprentices.
Home owners could also pocket up to £5000 to make their homes more energy efficient.