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Christmas support payment for wet-led pubs

The Government has introduced an additional £1,000 Christmas grant for ‘wet-led pubs’ located in tiers 2 and 3.

‘Wet led’ pubs are businesses that predominantly serve alcohol rather than providing food.

The payment will be a one-off for December and will be paid in addition to the Local Restrictions Business Support grants.

Grant scheme criteria

To apply, businesses must be classified as a traditional pub or public house which:

  • opens to the general public
  • allows free entry (other than when occasional entertainment is provided)
  • allows drinking without requiring food to be consumed
  • permits drinks to be purchased at a bar.

For the purposes of this grant, the definition of a 'pub' excludes: restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, hotels, snack bars, guest houses, boarding houses, sporting venues, music venues, festival sites, theatres, museums, exhibition halls, cinemas, concert halls, casinos or similar.

Businesses which qualify for the one-off grant

  • Pubs that receive less than 50% of their income from food sales during normal non-COVID trading.
  • Pubs that pay business rates and receive a business rate bill.

Businesses which do not qualify for the one-off grant

  • Pubs that receive more than 50% of their income from food sales during normal non-COVID trading.
  • Pubs in areas moving from Tier 1 to Tier 2 or Tier 3 after 29 December 2020.
  • Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of state aid permitted under the de minimis, the COVID-19 Temporary State Aid Framework and all other UK schemes under the terms of the European Commission’s Temporary Framework.
  • Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking off notice has been made.

How to apply

Grant applications must be made online by the rate payer listed on the business rates bill.

To apply for the grant, the business’s accounts must be submitted with the application and show income prior to 11 March 2020.

The scheme eligibility period ends on 28 December 2020 and the closing date for applications is 31 January 2021.

Apply for a Christmas support payment for wet-led pubs

Date: 
Monday, 14 December, 2020