On December 1, 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.

Who is eligible?

Wet led pubs are those pubs that derive under 50% of their income from food sales covering the period that they have been open.

Pubs 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.

Local Authorities may request that pubs 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).

Who isn’t eligible?

  • Pubs that derive over 50% of their income from food sales will not be eligible to receive funding through this grant scheme
  • Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme for the purposes of this grant
  • For these purposes, the definition of a pub should exclude restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, hotels, snack bars, guesthouses, boarding houses, sporting venues, music venues, festival sites, theatres, museums, exhibition halls, cinemas, concert halls and casinos
  • Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State aid permitted under the de minimis and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework.


Under the CSP scheme, Local Authorities will provide a one-off payment amounting to £1,000 per wet-led pub in each eligible Local Authority where Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions are imposed following the scheduled Tier review dates of 2 December and 29 December.

How do I apply?

Eligible wet-led pubs should complete the online application form to apply to receive the grant.

Apply for the Christmas Support Payment for Wet-led pubs

Deadline for applications for CSP

Applications for the Christmas Support Payment for the period December 2 - December 29, 2020 will be accepted until Sunday January 31, 2021.

The deadline for applications has been extended to 28th February 2021.

Last updated: Wednesday, 17 February 2021 12:52 pm