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Departments: Billing

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reason her Department failed to meet its service delivery agreement target for paying undisputed bills on time in 2006-07. (157673)

During 2006-07, the Department implemented changes to the way the financial support role was delivered. Non-compliance to the procurement processes resulted in a down-turn in prompt payment performance. Further changes are planned to streamline the invoice processing function, which may lead to an initial minor deterioration in performance. However, medium to long-term performance is expected to improve.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what percentage of invoices for undisputed bills for her Department were paid within 30 days of receipt of the invoice, or within the contractual term if less, in 2006-07; and what the target was for prompt payment of invoices. (157691)

Communities paid 74,004 undisputed invoices within 30 days of receipt of the invoice, or within the contractual term if less, in 2006-07. This is 95.37 per cent. of total invoices paid. The target for prompt payment of invoices is 98 per cent.