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The Prompt Payment Code (PPC)

The Prompt Payment Code (PPC) sets standards for payment practices and best practice and is administered by the Chartered Institute of Credit Management. Compliance with the principles of the code is monitored and enforced by the Prompt Payment Code Compliance Board. The code covers prompt payment, as well as wider payment procedures.

Businesses signed up to the code undertake to:

  1. Pay suppliers on time
    • Within the terms agreed at the outset of the contract
    • Without attempting to change payment terms retrospectively
    • Without changing practice on length of payment for smaller companies on unreasonable grounds
  1. Give clear guidance to suppliers
    • Providing suppliers with clear and easily accessible guidance on payment procedures
    • Ensuring there is a system for dealing with complaints and disputes which is communicated to suppliers
    • Advising them promptly if there is any reason why an invoice will not be paid to the agreed terms
  1. Encouraging good practice
    • By requesting that lead suppliers encourage the adoption of the code throughout their own supply chains

Additionally, signatories undertake to pay suppliers within a maximum of 60 days (in line with late payment legislation requirements), to work towards adopting 30 days as the norm, and to avoid any practices that adversely affect the supply chain.

The Code Compliance Board will have the remit to investigate and, if need be, act when a term in a contract exists or changes in a way that a supplier claims to be grossly unfair.

Under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 we report the following information

Percentage of Invoices paid within 30 days

Financial year Percentage invoices paid within 30 days Interest (£) paid to suppliers
2016/17 95% 0.00

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