Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs

On 1 December 2020, the Government announced the introduction of additional support over the festive period for wet-led pubs in areas under Tier 2 or 3 restrictions.

Under the Christmas Support Payment (CSP) Local Authorities under Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions between 2 and 29 December 2020 will pay wet-led pubs a £1,000 one-off, flat-rate grant.

To be eligible for this grant, pubs must derive less than 50% of income from sales of food.

Under normal circumstances (without local or national restrictions) they must:

  • Be 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

The definition of a pub excludes the following, and these types of businesses are not eligible for the scheme:

  • Restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, hotels, snack bars, guesthouses, boarding houses, sporting venues, music venues, festival sites, theatres, museums, exhibition halls, cinemas, concert halls and casinos.

Full details of this scheme can be found in our policy document. [PDF]

Pubs that make over 50% of their income from food sales will not be eligible to receive funding through this grant scheme.

This scheme will close on 29 December 2020. Final applications must be received by 31 January 2021.

Apply for the Christmas Support payment


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