The Government has published the metrics and draft regulations for the forthcoming 'Duty to Report on Payment Practices and Performance' which will require large businesses to report their payment practices on a six-monthly basis.
Regulations for large companies and limited liability partnerships (LLPs) to publish their payment practices and performance twice a year will take effect in April 2017 and will apply to businesses for financial years starting on, or after, 6 April 2017.
Reporting dates will be aligned to a business' financial year, with the first report due 30 days after the end of the first six months and the second due 30 days after the end of the financial year. Below is an illustrative example for a company whose financial year aligns with the calendar year:
- Duty to Report comes into effect: 6 April 2017
- Company's Financial Year: 1st January - 31st December
- First reporting period: 1st January 2018 - 30th June 2018
- First metrics publication: 31st July 2018
- Second reporting period: 1st July - 31st December 2018
- Second metrics publication: 31st January 2019.
The reporting metrics detail how the Duty to Report will be implemented and which businesses will be in scope to report, as well any sanctions for failing to do so. Detailed information about how the Duty to Report will operate is outlined in the table below.
The Government are planning to publish full guidance in the New Year with general and sector specific guidance. Build UK are working with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to understand the construction industry's requirements.
How Will the Duty to Report Operate?
Who is in Scope to Report? - Large UK companies and limited liability partnerships (LLPs) which exceed two or more of the following thresholds, as set out in the Companies Act, on both of their last two balance sheet dates:
- Over £36 million annual turnover
- Over £18 million balance sheet total
- Over 250 employees.
- Each business in scope will be required to publish its own individual and non-consolidated reports
- Parent companies which head large groups will only be required to report if they qualify as large in their own right.
Contracts - Businesses must publish information in relation to contracts entered into on a business-to-business basis, which are:
- For goods, services or intangible assets
- Connected to the carrying on of a business
- Have a significant connection with the UK.
Reporting Frequency - Businesses will be required to report every six months
- Reporting dates will be aligned to a business' financial year, with the first report due 30 days after the end of the first six months and the second due 30 days after the end of the financial year.
Report Publication - Businesses will have to publish their report on a web-based service provided by Government within 30 days of the end of the reporting period
- Failure to publish a report or false reporting will constitute a criminal offence with the company and directors liable to a fine on summary conviction
- A company director will be required to approve the report.