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use of construction firms

Request Description

I should like to request the following information relating to payment terms with your suppliers; and of complaints you have received and prosecutions you have sought over construction firms and electrical firms carrying out fraudulent behaviour.

Payment

1.            For construction and building maintenance contracts established since 1 January 2016, have you, or will you be putting in place monitoring and reporting whether your main contractors/suppliers are paying their sub-contractors/suppliers within 30 days?

a. We are already monitoring and reporting that payment takes place within 30 days routinely

b. We will be monitoring and reporting that payment takes place within 30 days routinely

c. We don't and will not be monitoring and reporting that payment takes place within 30 days

d. If you don't know, please provide information on what policy you do pursue

2.            For construction and building maintenance contracts established since 1 January 2016, have you built in a contractual requirement for your suppliers to pay the suppliers directly below them in the supply chain within 30 days (or are you taking steps to apply this)?

a. We have built in a contractual requirement for payment to flow through the supply chain within 30 days routinely

b. We are taking steps to apply a contractual requirement for payment to flow through the supply chain within 30 days routinely

c. We have not and will not be building in a contractual requirement for payment to flow through the supply chain within 30 days

d. If you don't know, please provide information on what policy you do pursue

Rogue trader complaints and prosecutions

3.            How many complaints did the local authority receive (including the local Trading Standards division) from a) businesses and b) householders for fraudulent practices by construction and building maintenance firms, for each of the following years?  2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 (Please include any referrals for business and householder complaints that you may have received from third parties such as from Citizens Advice)

4.            How many complaints did the local authority receive from a) businesses and b) householders for fraudulent practices by electrical firms, for each of the following years?  2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 (Please include any referrals for business and householder complaints that you may have received from third parties such as from Citizens Advice)

5.            How many a) construction and building maintenance firms and b) electrical firms were prosecuted following requests by the local authority for fraudulent practices for each of the following years  2013, 2014, 2015, 2016?

Request Date30 September 2016
Requested byBusiness
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Response

 

 Refused

 

Refusal