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Christmas support payment

If you own or run a pub in Lewisham that makes less than 50% of sales through food, you might be entitled to a one-off Christmas Support Payment of £1,000.

Applications for this grant closed on 31 January 2021. Payments will be made in February 2021.

The grant is to support “wet-led pubs” in the borough, specifically those that make more of their income through selling alcohol rather than food and have been severely impacted this festive season due to local restrictions.

You can claim the Christmas Support Payment in addition to any other grants you may already be entitled to including for the second national lockdown, LRSG closed and the ARG grants. The grant covers the period 2–29 December.


To be eligible for this grant your pub must:

  • be open to the general public (under usual circumstances)
  • allow free entry other than when occasional entertainment is provided
  • allow drinking without requiring food to be consumed
  • permit drinks to be purchased at a bar
  • make less than 50% of its income from food sales
  • have been trading on 30 November 2020 (the day before this grant was announced) - where local restrictions are preceded by national ‘lockdown’ measures, requiring the closure of businesses that are otherwise eligible, it is accepted that those businesses are still trading. 


The following businesses are not eligible for this grant:

  • nightclubs, restaurants, cafes, hotels, snack bars, guest houses, boarding houses, sporting venues, music venues, festival sites, theatres, museums, exhibition halls, cinemas, concert halls and casinos
  • pubs that derive more than 50% of their income from food sales
  • businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of state aid
  • businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking off notice has been made.

Any changes to the ratings list (rateable value or hereditament) after the first full day of localised restrictions (2 December), including changes which have been backdated to this date, should be ignored for eligibility purposes.

How much you will receive

The grant is a one-off payment of £1,000. 

State aid limit

The Christmas Support Payments count towards state aid.

The state aid limit for a 3-year period is €200,000. If you have reached that threshold, you may still be eligible for funding under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework. The limit for the framework is €800,000.

Read more about the COVID-19 Temporary Framework on the European Commission’s website.

If you apply we will ask you to declare that you will not exceed the relevant state aid limit.

Tax implications

Grant income is taxable.

The national restrictions grant needs to be included as income in the tax return of the business.

Application process

To apply for a Christmas Support Payment, you will need to download and complete an application form. Return it to pubsupportpayment@lewisham.gov.uk by 31 January 2021.

Before you start please ensure you have the following information. Your:

  • eight digit business rates account number (from your bill)
  • 14 digit property reference number (from your bill)
  • business details
  • bank account details.

We may ask for evidence that you meet the full eligibility criteria as part of your application.

If you have more than one premises in Lewisham, you need to complete an application for each premises.

Download your Christmas Support Payment application from the bottom of this page.

What happens next?

We will email you to let you know if your application has been accepted or rejected.

Further business grants will be available shortly, please check back here.

If you have any questions, please email pubsupportpayment@lewisham.gov.uk

The grant award is at the discretion of the council, the decision of the council is final, and there is no right of appeal.