Christmas support payment for wet-led pubs

On 1 December 2020 the government announced the Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs (CSP), to support through the festive period those pubs that predominantly serve alcohol rather than food. This grant support is only available to pubs in Tier 2 and 3 areas that have been required to close, and only for the period from 2 December 2020 to 29 December 2020. This payment will be made for eligible pubs in addition to other Local Restriction Support Grant funding.

This grant scheme is available to wet-led pubs in the Lancaster district.

This scheme is fully funded by central government and the funds will be administered by Lancaster City Council in accordance with the guidance issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

All eligible wet-led pubs will need to apply for this grant, and this page sets out the eligibility criteria and how to apply.

What is a wet-led pub?

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.

This definition of a wet-led 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.

Deadline/Timeline

In accordance with government guidance, this grant is a one off flat-rate payment of £1,000 to each eligible wet-led pub for the period 2 December to 29 December 2020. This scheme will close on 29 December 2020, and all applications will need to be submitted to us, using the online form, by 28th February 2021. All payments to eligible pubs will be made as soon as possible. In the event that you do not have access to the online form please email business.support@lancaster.gov.uk.

Eligibility

  1. This grant is only open to wet-led pubs, which are defined as pubs that derive less than 50% of its income from sales of food
  2. For the purposes of this grant, a pub 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
  3. Only the business that according to our records was the ratepayer in respect of the property on 1 December is eligible to receive the grant. If we retrospectively identify that the applicant was not the ratepayer on the 1 December having paid the grant, the applicant will be required to pay it grant back to the council
  4. Only wet-led pubs with a registered address in the Lancaster City Council area and liable for business rates to Lancaster City Council will be eligible for this scheme
  5. The wet-led pub will need to have been trading within the Lancaster City Council district on 30 November 2020. As this date fell within the second national lockdown period the business will need to have been actively trading from the premises, subject to the local restrictions in place, from 4 November 2020 unless you were already required to close from an earlier date. If that is the case it is accepted that you were still trading at 4 November 2020
  6. Businesses that are in receipt of other Local Restriction Support Grants are eligible for this grant payment

Exclusions

  • Pubs that derive over 50% of their income from food sales will not be eligible to receive funding through this grant scheme
  • For the purposes of this grant, 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. The proposed exclusions in this list are not intended to be exhaustive and we will determine those cases where eligibility is unclear having received evidence from any individual business
  • Businesses which have reached the subsidy award limit (previously State Aid). These grants count towards subsidy awards as set out in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement. Payments count towards the total de minimis subsidy award allowed over a three-year period of SDR 325,000 (circa £350,000).
  • For the avoidance of doubt, businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme

Evidence

Wet-led pubs applying for the Christmas Support Payment (CSP) will be required to make a statement that confirms their eligibility. The council places responsibility on the applicant to agree that their statement is correct to the best of their knowledge.

Businesses may need to provide evidence to support their statement that the wet-led pub derives less than 50% of its income from sales of food. If required this evidence will need to be in the form of a set of accounts for the property with a separate breakdown of the sales of food, beverages, and any other income. These accounts will need to be provided for either the month of January 2020, November 2019, or October 2019, and must be dated no later than 11 March 2020. Businesses established after 11 March 2020 and before 1 December 2020 will still be eligible for this grant but will need to provide accounts covering the period you have been open.

We will contact you if we need you to supply this evidence.

How to apply

To request a paper application form please, email business.support@lancaster.gov.uk or telephone Customer Services on 01524 582000 with your details and request.