Christmas Support Payment for ‘wet-led’ pubs

On 1 December 2020 the Government also announced one-off £1,000 payments for wet-led pubs, to support them over the festive period. Wet-led pubs are defined as those that derive less than 50% of their income from food sales, when not subject to COVID-19 restrictions (before March 2020).

These £1000 payments are in addition to the grants being given to open and closed pubs for the period in which West Suffolk was in Tier 2 (Local Restrictions Grants (LRSG) – Closed and Open). In West Suffolk, these grants can be applied for using the same forms as the other business grants So if a wet-led pub was open during December, it should apply through LRSG for open businesses but if it was closed in December, it should apply through LRSG for closed businesses.

The deadline for applications is 28 February 2021.

Which types of pub are eligible?

Potential applicants should read the full eligibility criteria before applying. In summary, eligible pubs must:

  • have been trading on 30 November 2020 (even though closed under national restrictions)
  • meet the definition of a ‘pub’ (see below)
  • derive less than 50% of its income from the sale of food (when not subject to COVID-19 restrictions)
  • not exceed State Aid limits
  • not be in administration, insolvent or have a striking-off notice issued against them.

The Government defines pubs as:

  • open to the general public
  • allowing free entry other than when occasional entertainment is provided
  • allowing drinking without requiring food to be consumed
  • permit drinks to be purchased at a bar (before COVID-19 restrictions)

Restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, hotels, snack bars, guest houses, boarding houses, sporting venues, music venues, festival sites, theatres, museums, exhibition halls, cinemas, concert halls and casinos are excluded from the scheme.