COUNCIL TRUMPETS IMPROVEMENT AS PAYMENTS TO BUSINESSES TOPS 94%
PAYMENTS TO BUSINESSES WITHIN 30 DAYS BOOST TO NORTHUMBERLAND ECONOMY
Labour politicians in Northumberland have welcomed the latest figures which show the council now ‘pays its bills within 30 days on 94% of all payments made’ as further evidence of how the county council is positively influencing the local economy.
When the council changed hands last year and Labour formed the new administration, it started to implement promises made in the party’s manifesto and they’re pointing to the new record figure as another example of delivering promises made to residents.
Labour have already set in train the county’s most ambitious affordable housing scheme since the 1970’s with over 400 homes either built or in planning, started to set out the case to return council services to the county’s towns, tackled the pot hole ‘black hole’ inherited which has been cleared and set out a plan to allow local communities to implement free parking.
They’re also highlighting the benefit to the local economy of council actions such as making sure its bills are paid promptly.
Grant Davey, the Labour group and council leader said
“We’ve an important role to play as a ‘leader’ in local communities and that includes ‘paying our way’. It’s vital for local businesses cash flow that bills are paid on time and that’s another way to help businesses in tough trading times. We’ve already delivered free parking and are committed to returning council services to the county towns and we’re keen to push the idea of procuring locally with our commitment to reach 10% more contracts let to county firms creating and safeguarding county jobs’.