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Christmas support payments for wet-led pubs

One-off grants of £1,000 are available to wet-led pubs affected by Tier 3 and 4 restrictions in December 2020.

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.

A pub is considered to be wet-led if it predominantly serves alcohol rather than provides food and has been severely impacted over the festive season due to temporary local restrictions.

Pubs will be required to submit an application for the support payment and to declare that, prior to 11 March 2020 when trade was unaffected by COVID-19, less than 50% of their income was derived from food sales.

Businesses established after 11 March 2020 and before 1 December 2020 will still be eligible. They will be required to declare that during the period they have been open, less than 50% of their income was derived from food sales.

Pubs should be able to supply accounting evidence to support these declarations if requested.

The last date for applications is 28 February 2021.

Apply for a grant

Anyone caught falsifying their records to make a fraudulent application for any of the available grants will be prosecuted and ordered to repay the money.

Grants under these schemes are considered to be State Aid/Subsidy. It is the responsibility of the business to ensure they do not accept grant payments that would exceed the State Aid/Subsidy limits. If the limit is exceeded, the grant may be required to be repaid.

Apply for a grant

View the eligibility criteria for support payments for wet-led pubs

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