The Combined Service Barbarians (CBS), a rugby union team of current and former military personnel which raises funds to support service men and women, has backed FSB’s #FairPayFairPlay campaign.
Ahead of the Spring Statement next month, FSB’s Fair Pay, Fair Play campaign calls on Government to enlist the help of Non-Executive Directors, strengthen payment enforcement and adopt Project Bank Accounts in public procurement, as three key reforms that will help end the poor payment crisis in the UK.
FSB research shows that the vast majority (84%) of small firms report being paid late, with a third (33%) saying at least one in four payments they’re owed arrives later than agreed.
‘Everyone deserves to be paid on time’ is the clear message small businesses are sending politicians and big business to end late payments and stop supply chain bullying.
The campaign calls on Government to:
Assign Non-Executive Directors responsibility to prevent late payment
Large businesses should be required to assign a Non-Executive Director responsibility for payment practice and supplier relationships, by chairing a Supply Chain Committee or include supplier relationships in chairing the Audit Committee, and be required to provide a summary of their activity for the company’s Annual Report.
Strengthen payment enforcement
Government should fine companies that fail to provide or provide incomplete Duty to Report on payment practices data. The Small Business Commissioner should have the ability to undertake mystery shopper style investigations into the payment practices of large firms including verifying duty to report on payment practice data and investigating supply chain bullying. All FTSE 350 firms should be required to be signatories of a strengthened Prompt Payment Code.
Adopt Project Bank Accounts
Project Bank Accounts should be adopted as the truly default choice for major procurement projects, with proper parliamentary oversight to ensure accountability. For any major construction project, a ministerial statement should be made to Parliament if project bank accounts are not used.
The team pledged its support fresh from defeating the Wirral’s Prenton RFC 33-30 in its first match of 2019.
The Soldiers’ Charity’s Ambassador Lance Corporal, Mark Harding, attended the match as guest of honour. Mark served with the 1st battalion Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment for 16 years, including operations in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Iraq, Kosovo and Northern Ireland. Tragically in 2010, Mark was severely injured when a sniper bullet went through his neck, leaving him paralysed from the neck down with severe injuries to his spinal cord.
Despite being told that he would never walk again, Mark underwent over two and a half years of intensive physio and rehabilitation. As he became more mobile, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity helped him live independently - as well as take up kayaking. Mark went on to Dragon Boat racing, competing alongside able bodies teammates to represent team GB in the 2015 European Dragon Boat Championship.
Follow the Combined Services Barbarians on Twitter @CSBarbarians_RU. ABF the Soldiers’ Charity is the National Charity of the British Army. It gives a lifetime of support to soldiers, veterans and their immediate families, in times of need. See www.soldierscharity.org