Suppliers to some police forces in the UK are waiting more than two months
for payment as small businesses continue to face the threat of insolvency, the
Forum of Private Business has found.
Invoices are being settled late despite repeated government directives urging
public bodies to implement prompt payment policies.
There are companies doing business with the police in some parts of the UK
whose invoices are paid within days, but the FPB was concerned about the “huge
gulf” between the best and worst performers.
Some forces managed to pay more than three quarters of invoices within 10
days and almost 100% of invoices within 30 days, the FPB said.
However, others paid less than 1% of their bills within 10 days and took more
than 30 days to pay well over half their invoices.
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