Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs

Please read this guidance before submitting an application to ensure you are eligible.

Who will receive this funding?

  • There is no definitive description of a traditional pub or public house in law that could be readily used by Local Authorities to determine eligibility. However, for the purposes of this grant, pubs should under normal circumstances (without local or national restrictions) be described as:
    • Open to the general public
    • Allow free entry other than when occasional entertainment is provided
    • Allow drinking without requiring food to be consumed and permit drinks to be purchased at a bar
  • For these purposes, the definition of a pub should exclude: restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, hotels, snack bars, guesthouses, boarding houses, sporting venues, music venues, festival sites, theatres, museums, exhibition halls, cinemas, concert halls and casinos
  • For the purposes of this grant, a wet-led pub is defined as a pub that derives less than 50% of its income from sales of food
  • Where a grant is issued, the business that according to the billing authority’s records was the ratepayer in respect of the hereditament on 1 December 2020 is eligible to receive the grant. Where a Local Authority has reason to believe that the information that they hold about the ratepayer is inaccurate they may withhold or recover the grant and take reasonable steps to identify the correct ratepayer. Local Authorities should make clear to recipients that the grant is for the ratepayer and may be liable for recovery if the recipient was not the ratepayer on the eligible day
  • Businesses that are also in receipt of other Local Restrictions Support Grants – for example, LRSG (Closed) or Additional Restrictions Grant – can also receive this grant
  • Businesses must have been trading on 30 November 2020 (the day before this scheme was announced) to be eligible to receive funding under this scheme. 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.

On payment of Christmas Support Payment

  • The Local Authority will email each to the business, stating that by accepting the grant payment, the business confirms that they are eligible for the grant scheme and confirming your data will be shares with BEIS (this is the government service administering the grant schemes)

Exclusions to Christmas Support Payment funding

  • Pubs that derive over 50% of their income from food sales will not be eligible to receive funding through this grant scheme
  • Businesses in areas moving from Tier 1 to Tier 2 or Tier 3 after 29 December 2020 will not be eligible to receive funding
  • 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 will not be eligible to receive funding
  • Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme

The grant award is at the discretion of the council, the decision of the council is final, and there is no right of appeal.

Some businesses may receive more than one grant where they have more than one eligible rated premises, individual applications need to be made for each premises.

Payments will be subject to state aid limits as the Local Restrictions Support Grant counts towards state aid. See section 60 onwards. The limit for the framework is €1,00,000.

Any changes to the rating list (rateable value or to the hereditament) after the first full day of localised restrictions and business closures regulations came into force including changes which have been backdated to this date, should be ignored for the purposes of eligibility.

How much can I receive?

The grant is a flat rate of £1,000

How to apply

You will need to complete an online application form.

Before you start please ensure you have the following information (failure to provide this information will result in either your claim not being paid or a delay in payment):

  • You must have your business rates account number
  • If you are registered for business rates and do not have this number please contact us to request this information. Please provide your full name, position within the business and business premises address
  • For security your business rates number will be sent to you via post to the correspondence address we hold on our system. This information will not be emailed unless we already hold your email address on record
  • You also need a copy of a recent bank statement demonstrating trading from the account and showing the company name and bank account number you wish for the grant to be paid into
  • Your limited company number (if applicable)

Apply for Christmas support payment