Many businesses supply goods and services to the public sector in England or Wales.
If you have such customers, and they fall under the definition of a contracting authority (see below), then they are required to consider Procurement Policy Note 02/20 (PPN) which sets out information and guidance for public bodies on payment of their suppliers to ensure service continuity during and after the current coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.
This PPN is applicable to all contracting authorities, including central government departments, executive agencies, non-departmental public bodies (including academies), local authorities, NHS bodies and the wider public sector (excluding Devolved Administrations).
The PPN covers goods, services and works contracts being delivered. Full details can be found here.
The PPN states all contracting authorities should:
There are additional requirements that need to be considered if the contract is for the delivery of a construction project.
The guidance on construction contracts can be found here.
There is also a very useful list of frequently asked questions which can be found here.
If you are not being paid in line with the PPN then please do contact me on 07812 352007 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your specific circumstances. We also recommend that you contact your customer to discuss a way forward.