The Home Department has invested significantly in its people, with the creation of a professional Shared Service Centre and Procurement Centre of Excellence complemented by the creation of new processes and upgraded Procure to Pay systems.
The Department has been putting a firm focus on paying its suppliers on time when it is in receipt of a compliant invoice. It has been working closely with colleagues in the Department for Business Innovation and Skills reporting on both our legislative obligations of 30 days as well as the 10 day PM's commitment for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) for correctly presented compliant invoices.
The Home Office performance for paying all invoices within 30 days and paying SME compliant invoices within 10 days for the period October 2008 to November 2009 is shown in the following table:
|Table 1: The Home Office performance of paying total number of invoices within 30 days and SME compliant invoices within 10 days for the period October 2008 to November 2009|
|Month||Total number of all invoices paid||Percentage of total number of all invoices paid within 30 days||Number of SMEs' compliant invoices paid within 10 days||SMEs, percentage of compliant invoices paid with 10 days|
|(1) Not recorded prior to PM's announcement to pay all SMEs within 10 days.|
The Criminal Records Bureau's (CRB) started to record performance of paying invoices in April 2009 and to provide information before this date would incur disproportionate cost. CRB's performance of paying invoices within 10 days for the period April 2009 to November 2009 is shown in the following table.
|Table 2: CRB performance of paying SME invoices within 10 days for the period April 2009 to November 2009|
|Month||Total number of all invoices||Number of SME invoices paid within 10 days||SME percentage of invoices paid within 10 days|