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Local Government Finance

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have not met the 10 day invoice payment target to small and medium-sized enterprises. (246104)

In the pre-Budget report, in order to help businesses manage their cash flow, the Government announced that it will aim to pay its suppliers as soon as possible and within 10 days. This commitment has been adopted by a number of local authorities.

However, there is no formal local government target on 10-day payments and we do not collect or maintain central records on this.