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Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs

  1. Overview
  2. How to apply
  3. Eligibility criteria

Overview

The Government has announced a £1,000 Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs in areas under Tier 2 or 3 restrictions.

'Wet-led' pubs are businesses that predominantly serve alcohol rather than providing food.

The payment will be a one-off for December and will be in addition to the Local Restrictions Business Support grants.

How to apply - We will contact eligible businesses

South Tyneside Council will contact businesses that we believe are eligible for this payment. 

We'll contact businesses from Friday 18 December with directions on how to apply. 

If we haven't contacted you by Monday 11 January, and you think your business is eligible, email your business details to business@southtyneside.gov.uk.

Final applications must be received by 31 January 2021.

Businesses will be provided with grant funding as soon as possible and no later than 28 February 2021.

Eligibility criteria

To apply, businesses must be classified as a traditional pub or public house which:

  • opens to the general public
  • allows free entry (other than when occasional entertainment is provided)
  • allows drinking without requiring food to be consumed
  • permits drinks to be purchased at a bar.

For the purposes of this grant, the government definition of a 'pub' excludes; restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, hotels, snack bars, guest houses, boarding houses, sporting venues, music venues, festival sites, theatres, museums, exhibition halls, cinemas, concert halls, casinos or similar.

South Tyneside Council does not have any discretion over these exclusions.

Businesses which qualify for the one-off grant

  • Pubs that get less than 50% of their income from food sales during normal non-COVID trading.
  • Pubs that pay business rates and get a business rate bill.
  • Businesses that would have been trading on 30 November if national lockdown measures had not been imposed.

Businesses which do not qualify for the one-off grant

  • Pubs that get more than 50% of their income from food sales during normal non-COVID trading.
  • Pubs in areas moving from Tier 1 to Tier 2 or Tier 3 after 29 December 2020.
  • 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.
  • Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking off notice has been made.

South Tyneside Council does not have any discretion over these exclusions.

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