It is our normal practice to award contracts through competition which helps to promote the economy and supports the key elements of Scottish Government Procurement policy. We are also required to abide by international obligations in complying with the European Union Procurement Directives.
Following the prompt payment commitment made by the First Minister on 10th October 2008 and the agreement of the Cabinet Secretary to improve payment performance to all suppliers, Scottish Public Pensions Agency now pays all invoices within a 10 day timescale. We regard payment as having been made once funds are with the supplier, which will usually be at least one or two days after instructions are sent to our Bank. Payment performance is closely monitored by HM Treasury against the Scottish Government target of 100% of bills paid on time, and no Department falling below 95%.
It is the Policy of the Scottish Government to pay its suppliers by BACS (Bankers Automated Clearing Services). All suppliers who wish to deal with the Scottish Government, its Agencies or Associated Departments are asked to provide BACS details. Confirmation of these BACS details is also required on your company headed paper.