Christmas Support Payment For Wet-Led Pubs

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.

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 have reached the state aid limit. The Local Restrictions Support Grant counts towards state aid. Payments count towards the total de minimis state aid allowed over a three-year period (€200,000). If you have reached that threshold, you may still be eligible for funding under the COVID-19 Temporary Frameworkwhere the limit is €800,000
  • Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been issued.

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.

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