Since the publication of our first Prompt Payment Report, which examined the performance of each of the 11 Councils in Northern Ireland in paying their suppliers on time, we in FSB Northern Ireland have been engaged in an ongoing campaign to address the failures of local government in this regard. We have met with representatives from the Department for Communities, each Council and the Local Government Auditor, and encouraged them all to play their part in ensuring small businesses who supply goods and services to Councils are not expected to wait for more than 30 calendar days for their payment to be processed. By failing to meet their target to pay 90% of suppliers within 10 working days, and all invoices within 30 calendar days, Councils are expecting small businesses to provide them ‘interest-free credit’ terms. This is unacceptable and our second Prompt Payment Report will be published in Summer 2017, in which we hope to see some improvement on the previous year’s performance. If you have been affected by poor payment practice by a local Council, please contact Mairaid McMahon via email@example.com to help us to paint a picture of members’ experiences across Northern Ireland.