Three in four wet led pubs (74%) are still yet to receive their Christmas grant promised to them at the beginning of December 2020.

The Prime Minister announced the one-off grant, worth £1,000 per pub, to assist wet-led pubs forced to close through Christmas.

But according to a survey of British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) members, just 26% have received the grants.

Meanwhile more than half of the grants introduced to support pubs through the tier restrictions and November lockdown are still yet to be paid.

Emma McClarkin, CEO of the BBPA, said: “It is unbelievable that so many pubs are still waiting on their Christmas grants and grants for the second lockdown. Considering we are now in a third lockdown it is scandalous.

“Publicans across the country are desperately checking their bank accounts every minute of every day to see if they have got their payment. Our sector is hanging by a thread, so for many pubs getting these grants is the difference between surviving or closing for good.

“It is completely unacceptable that it has even gotten to this stage where we are pleading with Government to deliver the support we’ve been promised by them. These grants are a vital lifeline, but only when delivered.”