Pubs (Tier 2) and Christmas Wet Led Pub Payment

Pubs (Tier 2) and Christmas Wet Led Pub Payment - 2 December to 25 December

Under new Government guidance, published on the 10th December, Breckland Council are able to administer grants to pubs in the District. This support is dependent on the nature of your business.

Wet Led Pub

You are entitled to receive a one-off grant of £1,000.

To be eligible for this grant a pub must:

  • Meet the Government criteria of "wet led" - defined by having less than 50% of income typically coming from food sales
  • Meet the other national scheme criteria (including your pub being open and trading immediately prior 2nd November, and meeting state aid requirements)

Please note if your pub is "wet led" you are also able to receive support via the appropriate grants shown below.

If your pub is forced to be closed due to the Tier 2 restrictions

You are entitled to a grant for every full 14 days we are in Tier 2 restrictions, the value of which is based on the size of your business (calculated by premises Rateable Value):

Rateable value of propertyGrant for 14 daysGrant for 28 days
£15,000 or under£667£1,334
£15,001 to £50,999£1,000£2,000
£51,000 or over£1,500£3,000

To be eligible for this grant a pub must:

  • Have been required to close due to the Tier 2 restrictions, and remaining closed throughout the Tier 2 restriction period*
  • Meet the other national scheme criteria (including your pub being open and trading immediately prior 2nd November, and meeting state aid requirements)

* Please note that a pub may still offer takeaway service if carried out under appropriate guidance, and still be eligible for this grant.

If your pub can remain open, but is still suffering reduced trade due to the Tier 2 restrictions:

You are entitled to a grant for every full 14 days we are in Tier 2 restrictions, the value of which is based on the size of your business (calculated by premises Rateable Value):

Rateable value of propertyGrant for 14 daysGrant for 28 days
£15,000 or under£467£934
£15,001 to £50,999£700£1,400
£51,000 or over£1,050£2,100

To be eligible for this grant a pub must:

  • Be open, and only providing alcoholic drinks as an accompaniment to substantial meals via table service
  • Meet the other national scheme criteria (including your pub being open and trading immediately prior 2nd November, and meeting state aid requirements)

If you are expanding your food offer to be able to serve substantial meals

  • You should already be registered as a food business establishment as a "wet led" pub but it is a legal requirement to complete a new registration application if there is a significant change in food activities; this would include when a "wet led" pub starts offering substantial meals (catering activities). The simple registration form can be completed online and it is free-of-charge.
  • In order to sell alcohol, pubs must trade as if they are a restaurant with a plated meal served at a table. This means serving substantial meals, like a full breakfast, main lunchtime or evening meal, and you may only serve alcohol as part of such a meal. Contrary to misinformation, bar snacks like a Scotch egg or sausage roll are not a substantial meal alone but could become such if served with a side order of salad or chips.
  • Another option, for pub businesses that do not ordinarily serve food, may be to enter into a contracting arrangement with another catering business in order to remain open. That still involves a requirement for you to provide table service, including taking food orders and payment for food directly by the pub. Allowing customers to bring food into the premises that has been purchased elsewhere in order to consume alcohol remains prohibited.
  • Pragmatically, a drink ordered alongside food may be served in advance of it, however it would not be in keeping with the intention of the regulation for customers to consume multiple drinks while waiting for a meal. The end of the meal is likely to be an appropriate time to stop taking orders of alcohol, although one further drink could be considered, subject to the legal cut off times for ordering (10pm) and consuming food and drink (to vacate the premises by 11pm). However, the length of time a person or household can order drinks alongside their meal, and the amount they can order, needs to be proportionate to the meal they are eating.

GOV.UK - Guidance working safely during covid-19 restaurants offering takeaway or delivery

If your business is struggling and the support above is not sufficient

We are working closely with Government and partners to look at further ways we might be able to support. If you are in difficultly please let us know so we can factor this into our work, we do not want to see good Breckland businesses close due to the temporary challenges of Covid-19. Please get in touch via regeneration@breckland.gov.uk

What you need to do to access support

We cannot issue grants without confirmation of the nature of your pub business, and its current status. 

Last updated: 27/07/2021 09:45:36