Government to launch late payment consultation

A consultation will be launched to identify ways in which the government can reduce the impact of late payments.

Government to launch late payment consultation

Small business minister Andrew Griffiths made the announcement today at Credit Strategy’s Parliamentary Reception sponsored by Capita, held at the Houses of Parliament, where lenders, regulators, debt purchasers, debt collection agencies and trade associations attended to listen to a range of political speakers.

He said the government is very clear about the fact it needs to act upon the issue of late payments to companies, particularly, small businesses: “I think we all recognise that if we want a healthy economy with a strong and robust supply chain then tackling late payments is a huge priority for us as a government and for businesses and you in the institute.”

This followed comments regarding Carillion and the work the government was carrying out along with the cabinet office to protect the ‘vital parts’ of services that were being delivered by the company.

Griffiths said: “We had to look at what we could do to protect 18,500 jobs that were employed by Carillion and the many hundreds of thousands employed by the tens of thousands of SMEs in the supply chain.

“Not only is Carillion a challenge in dealing with the fallout of what is possibly the biggest liquidation of a government contractor we have ever seen but I think it also provides an opportunity.

“I think it can be a catalyst for us to look at the way government operates and to develop a policy that works for the 5.7 million SMEs who are up and down the country.”