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A third of North-east authorities paying within 10 days

A third of local authorities in the North-east are paying their bills within 10 days according to a survey by the Civil Engineering Contractors Council.

These local authorities are Chester-le-Street, Blythe Valley and Berwick-upon-Tweed - all district and borough authorities.

As of April Chester-le-Street Unitary Authority will become part of Durham County Council.

Durham County Council has committed to paying within 10 days in the future, but do not do so yet.

Newcastle Council is only major Local Authority to respond in the North East that is not paying promptly or within ten days.

Ceca has written to all the local authorities in the country asking them to outline their payment periods.

Lord Mandelson introduced the 10 day payment initiative at the time of last year’s pre-Budget report.