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Christmas Support Payments guidance

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.

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Who can claim a Christmas Support Payment?

You can claim the Christmas Support Payment from us if you are a Chesterfield Borough 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

What is a 'public house'?

To be classed as a public house the business must:

  • be open to the general public
  • 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

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.


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 8 character reference beginning with 5, 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.


How to claim

You can apply for Christmas Support Payment online through My Chesterfield. Registering for an account is quick and easy, and you will be able to track the progress of your claim.

You need to claim from the local council that sends your Business Rates bill. If you're not sure who that is you can find your local council here.

If you are unable to apply online please call our customer services team on 01246 345345.


How much is paid

If you qualify you will receive a one-off payment of £1000.

Your business may also be eligible for a Local Restrictions Support Grant payment, but you need to claim this separately. 


How will the payments be made?

Payment will be made directly into the bank account matching the bank statement you provided with your claim. We are not able to make the payment into any other bank account or by cheque.


Tax on Christmas Support Payments

Grant income received by a business is taxable. The Christmas Support Payment will need to be included as income in the business's tax return.


State aid limits

Any business that has reached the limits of payments permissible under the De Minimis and the UK Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework will not be able to receive further grant funding. 

This means that your business may not receive more than £735,650 in Covid-19 grant funding. Find out more about state aid.


If your business is not entitled to Christmas Support Payments

If your business is paid a grant that it is not entitled to the funding will be reclaimed, and any business caught falsifying their records to gain grant money will face prosecution.


Can I claim for more than one business?

You can claim for any business where you are the Business Rates payer, provided it meets the eligibility criteria and doesn't exceed state aid limits.


When does the scheme end?

This scheme covers the period from 2 December to 29 December 2020. 


Information about the local restrictions in your area

You can find lots of useful guidance and information on the Gov.uk website.


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Last updated on 08 January 2021