Supplier relief due to COVID-19

The current outbreak of COVID-19 is unprecedented and will have a significant impact on businesses of all sizes. Many suppliers to public bodies will struggle to meet their contractual obligations and this will put their financial viability, ability to retain staff and their supply chains at risk.

As a Contracting Authority, Barnet Council is required to support suppliers at risk so they are better able to cope with the current crisis and to resume normal service delivery and fulfil their contractual obligations when the outbreak is over. 

All suppliers have been put on immediate payment terms to maintain cash flow and protect jobs. Once an invoice has been approved for payment the invoice will be put on the next available daily payment run, we envisage payment reaching you within five days. 

The council will also take action to continue to pay suppliers at risk due to COVID-19 on a continuity and retention basis. In order to facilitate prompt payment please ensure that all invoices clearly referencing your purchase order number are sent to

Contracted suppliers

If you are a contracted supplier who is at risk of not being able to resume normal service delivery after the outbreak is over, you will continue to be paid as normal until at least the end of June, even if service delivery is disrupted or temporarily suspended.  

The government will review this date in due course. 

If your financial stability will be significantly affected as a result of the loss of our business during the COVID-19 outbreak, please contact us at:

We will focus our greatest effort on those suppliers that are affected most by the changes in service delivery. The council fully expects suppliers to pass the benefits of these arrangements onto their staff and supply chain.

For further information and to keep up to date, please visit the GOV.UK

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