Due to the current financial climate, central government is running initiatives asking councils to ensure they pay their smaller suppliers promptly. As part of this initiative, Leeds City Council (LCC) is offering to pay eligible suppliers in 20 days instead of our standard 30 days payment terms.
To be eligible suppliers must:
- employ less than 50 staff;
- have a turnover of less than £10 million, and
- register in advance for the scheme
Suppliers can apply for the scheme by completing the web form.
Guidance notes in Portable Document Format (PDF) on how to complete the form are available for download in the Documents section on this page.
All suppliers providing goods or services to LCC must obtain an official purchase order number prior to submitting an invoice. The purchase order number will start with a Z or an S and must be quoted on the invoice to ensure that payment is made within LCC’s contract terms. The invoice must also be sent direct to the central payments team for processing.
Suppliers providing goods or services to schools will not require an official purchase order number and should continue sending invoices to the school for authorisation.
A PDF version of frequently asked questions (FAQs) is also available to download on this page, or you can search for FAQs at the bottom of this page. If you require further information, please email
LCC prefer to pay suppliers using a purchasing card, which is a Visa payment card. Accepting payment by purchasing card means that you will be paid even quicker, usually within four working days. It also means that you do not need to obtain a purchase order number, and in some cases an invoice is not needed.
If you would like more information please contact the purchasing card team at firstname.lastname@example.org.