PLC Public Sector reports:
Wherever you look there are people giving advice to local authorities about how to help their local communities and the businesses within them cope with the ongoing recession. While many suggestions may seem worthy, they are often superficial and unlikely to get real help to where it is needed. In fact, the simplest idea is often the most effective. Making sure that bills are paid on time is a simple concept that introduces money into the local economy and will ease cash flow pressures on local businesses.
This week, the Forum of Private Business noted that central government figures indicate that it is - in most cases - living up to its commitment to pay invoices within 10 working days. However, the Forum cast doubt on whether local authorities and PCTs were meeting the same standards. As a result, it has undertaken a fact-finding mission submitting a FOIA request to every local authority and PCT in Great Britain.