Reports of large-scale fraud expose the flaws of Covid financial aid schemes
Julian Jessop comments for The Telegraph
Annabel Denham writes for City AM
Annabel argues that such widespread fraud raises questions about whether the cost to the taxpayer of schemes such as furlough and ‘eat out to help out’, was worth the outcome.
“Eat Out to Help Out represented one of the poorest uses of taxpayer money since £1.7bn was spent trying to grow groundnuts in East Africa back in the 1940s. Over one month, the government paid £522m for over 100m subsidised meals. The scheme delivered no obvious lasting benefit to restaurants in terms of footfall.”
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