Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs (CSP)

On the 1st December 2020, the Government announced the introduction of a one-off grant payment of £1,000 to support wet-led pubs over the festive period.

There is no definitive description of a traditional pub or public house in law. However, for the purpose of these grants, pubs should under normal circumstances (without local or national restrictions) be described as:

  • open to the general public, and
  • allow free entry other than when occasional entertainment is provided, and
  • allow drinking without requiring food to be consumed, and
  • permit drinks to be purchased at a bar.

In addition to this, a wet-led pub is defined as a pub (described above) that receives less than 50% of its income from sales of food.

State Aid

This grant is subject to State Aid limits. The maximum level of aid that a company may receive is €800,000 under the terms of the European Commission’s Covid-19 Temporary Framework, this is in addition to the existing EU State Aid De-Minimis Regulations which allows €200,000 to any one organisation over a three year period.

Tax implications

Grant income received by a business is taxable and will need to be included as income in the tax return of the business.

Applications must be received by the 31st January 2021.

To make a claim for this grant please use the form below.  You will need your Business Rates payment reference which can be found on the top left hand corner of your most recent bill.

CSP online form