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Christmas Support Payment

The Christmas Support Payment is a grant to support pubs that predominantly serve alcohol rather than provide food and have been severely impacted over the festive season due to local Tier 2 restrictions in West Berkshire.

It is a one-off £1,000 grant payment covering the period from 1 December to 29 December.

To be eligible, pubs will need to provide evidence to demonstrate that under normal circumstance they derive less than 50% of their revenue from sales of food.

West Berkshire Council will be administering the grants from 14 December. Please apply as soon as possible so that we can arrange payment quickly.

To apply please doc icon complete this form [25kb] and return to: BRatesgrants@westberks.gov.uk

Final applications must be received by West Berkshire Council by 31 January 2021.


Eligibility criteria

  • For the purposes of this grant, the definition of a pub excludes: restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, hotels, snack bars, guest houses, boarding houses, sporting venues, music venues, festival sites, theatres, museums, exhibition halls, cinemas, concert halls and casinos.
  • Businesses must occupy a property with a rateable value and be liable to West Berkshire Council for business rates.
  • Businesses must derive less than 50% of their income from sales of food.
  • Businesses must have been trading on 4 November.
  • Businesses established on or after 1 December 2020 will not be eligible for this grant.
  • This grant is subject to State Aid restrictions, but businesses may have received other Coronavirus-related grants from the council such as the LRSG or ARG.