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Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs | Local Restrictions Support Grants (LRSG) and Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) | Birmingham City Council

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Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs

The Government has announced the new Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs, which will be administered by Birmingham City Council.

A qualifying wet-led pub is defined as (in normal circumstances):

  • open to the general public (not members-only)
  • offering free entry (except when occasional entertainment is required)
  • allowing drinking without requiring food to be consumed
  • permitting drinks to be purchased at a bar

It should also:

  • have been in Tier Two or Tier Three since 2 December 2020
  • be able to provide evidence, if required, that less than 50% of income is from food sales, when the pub was open as usual
  • been trading on 30 November 2020 (where local restrictions are preceded by national ‘lockdown’ measures, requiring the closure of businesses that are otherwise eligible, it is accepted that those businesses are still trading).

The following do not qualify as a wet pub:

  • Restaurants
  • Cafes
  • Nightclubs
  • Hotels
  • Snack bars
  • Guesthouses
  • Boarding houses
  • Sporting venues
  • Music venues
  • Festival sites
  • Theatres
  • Museums
  • Exhibition halls
  • Cinemas
  • Concert halls
  • Casinos

Businesses which have successfully received a Local Restrictions Support Grant or Additional Restrictions Grant can also apply for the Christmas Support Payment, subject to meeting the above eligibility criteria.

The scheme will close on 29 December 2020 and businesses must self-certify when applying.

Subject to State Aid limits, businesses will be entitled to receive a grant for each eligible premise within the restriction area.

Apply for a Christmas Support Payment on the How to apply page