Cabinet Office: Billing

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 15th January 2019.

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Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Shadow Lord President of the Council

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many individual firms received at least one payment of an invoice from his Department after a 30-day period in the first two quarters of 2018-19.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Minister of State (Cabinet Office)

The number of individual firms who received at least one payment of an invoice from the Cabinet Office after a 30-day period, in each quarter of 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19 is set out below.

2016/17

Quarter 1

76

Quarter 2

75

Quarter 3

96

Quarter 4

101

2017/18

Quarter 1

75

Quarter 2

104

Quarter 3

150

Quarter 4

195

2018/19

Quarter 1

227

Quarter 2

197

In the same period, the number of suppliers paid has increased from 491 in Q1 of 16/17 to 900 in Quarter 1 of 2018/19.

The move to a new shared service platform in May 2017 presented a number of operational issues. We have been working hard to rectify the underlying issues and have implemented a number of improvements as part of a coordinated programme of work. These has led to improvements in our payment performance data with December data showing 82% of invoices paid within 5 days.

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