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Christmas Support for Wet led pubs

What you will get

A one-off payment of £1,000 irrespective of the business’s rateable value.


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 can also receive this grant (subject to eligibility).

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.

Exclusions to Christmas Support Payment funding

  • Pubs or bars 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
  • Businesses that were closed

How to apply

On 17 December the Council sent an email to all pubs and wine bars that are shown on our rating list, inviting them to apply if the business is able to confirm they meet the eligibility criteria. If the email is not in your inbox please check your ‘junk mail’ ‘Spam’ or ‘deleted items’ folders. The final date for applications is 31 January 2021.

For any queries regarding this scheme please contact us by email at