Bucks school taxi drivers not paid on time

Bucks school taxi drivers not paid on time

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 5:45am 18th December 2019. (Updated at 1:01pm 18th December 2019)

Contractors who transport children to and from school in Buckinghamshire are claiming they haven't been paid since July. 

According to the Buckinghamshire Contractors Association, some invoices haven't been paid since July, by the County Council.

They have said:

"These are not invoice's in dispute or in query.

"This is against the Council's policy of paying suppliers within a set period and is compounded by the lack of communication or updating as to the payment situation. "

Some of the providers are small businesses, which pay their employees weekly.

The providers say the lack of transparency about when invoices will be paid is putting pressure on their companies. 

Bucks County Council - County Hall
BCC have apologised

Unless the invoices are paid in full, the BCA has said they will withdraw their services on January 1st 2020.

A Buckinghamshire County Council spokesman said:

"We have a corporate commitment to both supporting small and medium-sized businesses and to making prompt payments to our suppliers. We know that in this instance we have fallen short of our commitment and for this we apologise to the affected suppliers, as we do understand the impact this can have on their business operations.
 
"We can confirm all valid outstanding payments are being made by Thursday 19 December to bring payment schedules with continuing supplier contracts up to date.

"We are in ongoing discussions with suppliers and we appreciate their understanding and patience as we work to resolve the situation as quickly as possible."

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