This information has been compiled using data published under Procurement Policy Note 05/15: Prompt Payment Policy and Reporting of Performance, which requires all central Government departments to report their payment performance on a quarterly basis.
|Central Government Department||Percentage (%) of Invoices Paid within 30 Days||Percentage (%) of Invoices Paid within 5 Days||Date of Last Report|
|Ministry for Homes Communities and Local Government (MHCLG)*||98||80||01/06/2019|
|Ministry of Defence (MoD)||100||96||01/06/2019|
|HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)||100||97||01/03/2018|
|Department of Work and Pensions (DWP)||100||98||01/03/2019|
|Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)||100||97||01/09/2018|
|Department for International Development (DfID)||99||83||01/06/2019|
|Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC)||99||95||01/12/2018|
|Department for Transport (DfT)||100||94||01/03/2019|
|Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO)||100||98||01/06/2019|
|Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS)||97||89||01/12/2018|
|HM Treasury (HMT)||96||72||01/06/2019|
|Department for Education (DfE)**||91||66||01/03/2019|
|Ministry of Justice (MoJ)||97||85||01/06/2019|
|Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA)||88||67||01/06/2019|
* Includes the Planning Inspectorate and Homes England
** Includes National College for Teaching and Leadership
About this Information
The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 require all public sector organisations to pay undisputed invoices in 30 days and ensure this payment term is passed down the supply chain. Central Government departments aim to pay 80% of all undisputed invoices within five days with the remainder paid within 30 days. In accordance with the Statutory Guidance for Contracting Authorities and Suppliers, the period starts on the date the contracting authority deems the invoice to be valid and undisputed.
The figures within the table above have been rounded to the nearest whole number. Of those showing 100% of invoices paid within 30 days, only the MoD and DfT actually achieved that figure; the others were rounded up.
Further information about a department’s payment performance can be found in its full report on GOV.UK which is accessible by clicking on the department’s name in the table above.
Any queries regarding the information contained within any report should be directed to the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), which is responsible for prompt payment policy for Government and the public sector. Any queries regarding late payment on a specific central Government project should be directed to the Public Procurement Review Service.
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