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Christmas Support Payment Grant for wet-led pubs


On 1 December 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, called the Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs (CSP).

A wet-led pub is defined as a pub (or bar) that is:

  • 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.
  • and derives less than 50% of their income from food sales.

The scheme excludes the following businesses: restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, hotels, snack bars, guesthouses, boarding houses, sporting venues, music venues, festival sites, theatres, museums, exhibition halls, cinemas, concert halls, casinos and private members clubs.

Businesses which meet the eligibility criteria can submit an application for a £1,000 one-off payment for the CSP, as the Tunbridge Wells borough is under Tier 3 restrictions.

The deadline for applications for this Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs is Sunday 31 January 2021.

If you are a business that has had to close and you have already applied for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) - you will be contacted directly by the council and provided with the details of how you can apply for this payment and to confirm that you match the eligibility criteria.

You will need to have applied for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) prior to submitting an application for this CSP grant.

Further details about the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) will be available soon.