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Have your say on the impact of late payment

Published on: 08 November 2018


The UK Government is trying to address the continuing problem of late payments to small businesses by large companies which abuse their position in the market.

In recent years the government has taken steps to tackle the problem of late payment, introducing measures such as the Small Business Commissioner and the Payment Practices Reporting Regulations.

According to official data, as of 2017, the amount owed to smaller businesses in late payments more than halved from the previous five years, but government believes it must go further to tackle unfair payment practices. The government has stated that the level of late payment debt owed to small and medium-sized businesses remains far too high and many small firms still have no choice but to trade on terms which are too long, imposed on them by larger customers.

This call for evidence seeks views on what more the government can do to create a responsible payment culture, including:

  • the current experiences of businesses in their payment practices
  • the impact of existing measures to improve payment practices and what more can be done to further refine measures and promote good practice
  • whether new measures should be introduced to further encourage a responsible payment culture

The call for evidence is part of the modern Industrial Strategy aimed at improving the country's business environment and helping small businesses deliver growth and jobs.

The full Call for Evidence document is available on the GOV.UK website. The Call for Evidence closes on 29 November 2018 and to provide rel="noopener noreferrer" feedback, businesses can: