Christmas support payment for 'wet-led' pubs

On 1 December 2020, the Government announced a one-off grant payment of £1000 to help ‘wet-led’ pubs during the Christmas period 2 December 2020 to 29 December 2020.

For the purpose of these grants, pubs can be described as those businesses that (under normal circumstances without local or national restrictions):

  • Are open to the general public
  • Allow free entry other than when occasional entertainment is provided
  • Allow drinking without requiring food to be consumed, and
  • Allow drinks to be purchased at a bar

The Government has determined that the following venues are not eligible for support under this scheme: restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, hotels, snack bars, guesthouses, boarding houses, sporting venues, music venues, festival sites, theatres, museums, exhibition halls, cinemas, concert halls, casinos.

To qualify, you must:

  • Derive less than 50% of your income from the sale of food
  • Be located in an area subject to Tier 2 or Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions since 2 December
  • Meet the definition of a pub as detailed above, and
  • Be trading at the property on 30 November 2020 (Where local restrictions are preceded by national ‘lockdown’ measures, requiring the closure of businesses that are otherwise eligible, it is accepted that those businesses are still trading)
  • Not be in administration, insolvent or have a striking off notice issued against you
  • Not exceed state aid limits

You must provide accounting evidence dated no later than 11 March 2020 (covering a period when trade was not affected by Covid-19) to show that less than 50% of your income is derived from food sales. If your business was not established until after 11 March 2020 and before 1 December 2020, you must supply accounting evidence that you derive under 50% of your income from food sales covering the period that you have been open. This can be uploaded on the online application form, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. separately within seven days of your application, quoting your 9 digit Business Rates account reference and using a subject header of CHRISTMAS SUPPORT PAYMENT.

Businesses that are also in receipt of other Local Restrictions Support Grants, for example LRSG (Closed) can also receive this grant. 

Deadline: Final applications must be received by 31 January 2021 and will not be accepted after this date.

State aid
European Union laws restrict the amount of state funding businesses can receive. This includes government grants, loans and tax reductions. These grants will count towards your state aid allocation. Whilst the UK left the EU on 31 January 2020, there is a transition period while the UK and the EU negotiate additional arrangements. The EU state aid rules continue to apply during the current transition period.
For businesses eligible for one of these grants, the state aid limit is:

  • EUR 200,000 received over a three-year period which covers the current financial year, running from April 2020 to March 2021, and the two preceding financial years, plus
  • EUR 800,000 received over the period March 2020 to December 2020.

Managing the Risk of Fraud
All grant claims will be processed through a series of checks, which may include checks against our business rates database and checks using the Government Spotlight anti-fraud software. We reserve the right to verify/put on hold any claim to enable detailed checks to be carried out. Neither the Council, nor the Government will accept deliberate manipulation of the scheme and fraud.
Any ratepayer caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money may face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to clawback, as may any grants paid in error. Ratepayers should note that, where a grant is paid by us, details of each grant will be passed to government departments for data collection, monitoring, transparency and for the prevention of fraud, as allowed under the Data Protection Act 2018.

Businesses that, according to our records may qualify, will be contacted inviting them to apply for the Christmas Support Payment. If you have not been contacted but believe you may be eligible, please complete the application below.

If you have any queries regarding the Christmas Support Payment, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us. You can also telephone the Revenues Section on 01246 242490.

To apply for the Christmas Support Payment please complete our online form.

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