Additional support announced for 'wet-led pubs'
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced an additional £1,000 Christmas grant for ‘wet-led pubs’ in tiers two and three who will miss out on much needed business during the busy Christmas period.
Pubs that predominantly serve alcohol rather than provide food have been asked to make huge sacrifices over the festive season and will be eligible for a one-off £1,000 to help make ends meet.
The payment will be a one-off for December and will be paid on top on the existing £3,000 monthly cash grants for businesses. This will cover those in tiers two and three forced to reduce their operations as a result of the latest regional measures put in place to contain transmission of the virus.
The move bolsters the government’s support for the pubs sector, following the extension of the furlough scheme and the business rates holiday, which were extended until March 2021.
"Pubs are at the heart of communities across the country and they have been among the businesses which have suffered the most during the pandemic," said PM Johnson.
"While we can’t make up for all the trade they will lose over Christmas, I hope this new £1,000 grant – on top of the furlough, VAT and business rates relief and existing grants, goes some way to help them weather the economic storm."
The PM explained that as the government prepares to introduce community testing across tier three areas and work on vaccines continues to progress, "it is vital that we continue to bear down on the virus transmission rate to protect lives and livelihoods and ensure the NHS is not overwhelmed during the winter".
As part of this strategy, wet-led pubs in tiers two and three will be subject to significant measures under the new regional tiered system. As such, the government has invited eligible wet-led pubs across these tiers to apply for a grant through their local authority.
The government stressed that the payment will be made once per business for the month of December only.