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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. This is a one off flat rate grant of £1,000.00.

A wet-led pub is defined as a pub that derives less than 50% of its income from sales of food.

For this grant scheme a pub is defined as “open to the general public, allowing 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 excludes: restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, hotels, snack bars, guesthouses, boarding houses, sporting venues, music venues, festival sites, theatres, museums, exhibition halls, cinemas, concert halls and casinos. This list of exclusions is not intended to be exhaustive.
Pubs will have to provide accounting evidence that they derive under 50% of their income from food sales to determine that the pub is wet-led. These accounts should be dated no later than 11 March 2020 (covering a period when trade was not affected by Covid-19).

Businesses established after 11 March 2020 and before 1 December will still be eligible for this grant and may be asked to supply accounting evidence that they derive under 50% of their income from food sales covering the period that they have been open.

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 are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme

Businesses that are also in receipt of other Local Restrictions Support Grants, can also receive this grant. However businesses must have been trading on 30 November (the day before this scheme was announced), and because national restrictions preceded these local measures it is accepted that those businesses trading on the 4 November are still trading.

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

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