Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs

Who is eligible to apply for the grant, how much you can claim and details of the funding criteria for pubs that have been severely impacted over the Christmas period due to temporary local restrictions.

The Christmas Support Payment (CSP) is a one-off payment of £1000 to support 'wet-led' pubs through the festive period.

The payment is for the period 2 December to 29 December 2020, and is for pubs that predominantly serve alcohol rather than food. The pub must have been forced to close under local restrictions.


We have an online form for you to apply.

Apply for the CSP

Applications will be accepted until 31 January 2021.

If you are unable to apply online please call our customer services team on 01799 510510.


You can claim the Christmas Support Payment from us if you are an Uttlesford District Council Business Rates payer and your business meets ALL of the following criteria:

  • it is trading as a public house
  • it was registered for Business Rates on 30 November 2020
  • it would have been open and trading as normal on 30 November 2020 if it wasn't for the local restrictions
  • less than 50% of the business's income is from food sales

To make a claim you must be the Business Rates payer - that is the person named on the Business Rates bill. If the Business Rates bill is in the name of a company, the person that applies must hold a position of responsibility within the company and be authorised to make the claim on behalf of the business.

If you do not pay your Business Rates to us you can find your local council using the GOV.UK checker.

Businesses that are not eligible

Your business will not be eligible for the scheme if it doesn't meet the above criteria, or it:

Evidence required to support your claim

You will need the following information to claim:

Business Rates account reference - this is an 7 character reference beginning with 1, you can find this on your annual bill

Business bank account details - this is the account we will pay the grant into

Proof of business bank account - the most recent statement or a screenshot of online banking, and must:

  • show the business bank details
  • be from within the last month
  • show business transactions during this period

Accounts showing the percentage of income received from food sales - you will need to provide accounts for the month of January 2020, November 2019, or October 2019, and they must be dated no later than 11 March 2020. Businesses established after 11 March 2020 and before 1 December 2020 will still be eligible for this grant, and will need to provide accounts for the month of October 2020.

The accounts that you provide must clearly show how much of the business's income is from food sales, and how much is from alcohol sales.

You will need to upload electronic copies, scanned images or clear photos of the proof we have asked for.


Additional information

► We have published answers to some of the frequently asked questions about the Christmas Support Payment.