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Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs grant

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. See announcement: This guidance applies to England only from 2 December 2020 to 29 December 2020. It is not retrospective.

Local Authorities under Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions for all or part of the period between 2 and 29 December 2020 will pay a £1,000 flat-rate grant to wet-led pubs.

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.

Exclusions to CSP 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 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 or proposal to strike off notice has been made are not eligible for funding under this scheme.
•    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, 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.

Only businesses which are listed on our business rates system (and have a business rates account number) will be eligible to apply. Grants will be issued to the ratepayer who is eligible for business rates at that hereditament on 1 December 2020. Businesses must have been actively trading on 30 November (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.
If you claim this grant and it becomes clear at a later date you were not the ratepayer on the eligible day, you will be liable to repay the grant in full. The Local Authority will take further action to recover the grant if needed.

Businesses will be entitled to receive a grant for each eligible hereditament within the restriction area. A separate application needs to be made for each qualifying hereditament.

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.

The deadline for applications for this scheme is 31 January 2021.

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