Christmas Support Payment (CSP) - for wet-led pubs

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Christmas Support Payment (CSP) - for wet-led pubs

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The Christmas Support Payment (CSP) grant is for businesses whose establishment(s) predominantly serves alcohol rather than food (wet-led).

The Christmas Support Payment will be a one-off flat rate payment of £1,000 for December 2020 and is payable to the ratepayer of eligible businesses on top of any other Covid-19 grants they are eligible to receive.

Businesses may submit an application for each eligible premises that they pay Business Rates for.

As part of the application process you will be asked for your unique identifier (Preferably Company reference number), the bank details to be credited and information about the proportion of business income from sales of food.  Please have these details to hand before continuing with your application.

The closing date for applications is 29 December 2020

Who will receive a Christmas Support Payment?

  • The business that according to the Councils rating list was the ratepayer in respect of the premises on 1 December is eligible to receive the grant.
  • Businesses must have been trading on 30 November (the day before this scheme was announced) to be eligible to receive funding under this scheme. Businesses who were legally closed under the national ‘lockdown’ measures that are otherwise eligible are treated as still trading.
  • Businesses will be entitled to receive a grant for each eligible premises.  So, some businesses may receive more than one grant.


  • Businesses where the income is predominantly from food sales will not be eligible to receive funding through this grant scheme.
  • For these purposes, 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.
  • 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 will not be eligible to receive funding.
  • Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme.


Grant income received by a business is taxable. The CSP grant will need to be included as income in the tax return of the business.  Only businesses that make an overall profit once grant income is included will be subject to tax.

State aid

Christmas Support Payment (CSP) grants are counted as State aid and businesses applying for a CSP grant will be required to declare as part of the application process that in accepting the grant payment that they are still within the overall State Aid limits.

The United Kingdom left the EU on 31 January 2020, nonetheless under the Withdrawal Agreement the State aid rules continue to apply during a transition period, subject to regulation by the EU Commission.

Payments made can be provided under the existing De Minimis rules, provided doing so does not exceed the €200,000 threshold to any one organisation over a three-year fiscal period. Payments made where the De Minimis threshold has been reached should be paid under the Covid-19 Temporary Framework for UK Authorities (threshold €800,000).

The amended Temporary Framework enables EU Member States to give up to the nominal value of €800,000 per company.  This can be combined also with so-called de minimis aid (to bring the aid per company to up to €1 million) and with other specific types of aid.

Any business that has reached the limits of payments permissible under the De Minimis, the UK Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework, and all other UK schemes under the terms of the European Commission’s Temporary Framework will not be able to receive further grant funding.


The Council and the Government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud. Any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back, as may any grants paid in error.

The Council will continue to ensure the safe administration of grants and that appropriate measures are put in place to mitigate against the risks of both fraud and payment error.

The Government Grants Management Function and Counter Fraud Function will support the Council to carry out post-event assurance work to identify high risk payments and to estimate and measure the likely incidence of fraud and error that has occurred in the scheme.

Where checks discover that payments have been made in error or have been claimed as a result of fraud, any initial recovery action will be undertaken by the Local Authority.

How we will use your data

The Council is administering the grants on behalf of the Government as a public task.  We will collect and share the information in your application with other Government agencies as part of anti-fraud measures and for research and evaluation purposes.  Applicants may be contacted by the Government (BEIS) to conduct follow up evaluation surveys.

For more information about Data Protection, please see our Data Protection Policy webpage.


All businesses will be required to confirm that they are eligible for the grant scheme, including that any payments accepted will be in compliance with State Aid requirements.

Any business falsifying their records to gain additional grant will face prosecution and any funding issued will be recovered.

If having read the guidance above you meet the criteria and would like to apply for a Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs, please tick this box to confirm that you have read the conditions

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