These were David Cameron’s words, from two weeks ago:
"Lots of our small businesses provide goods and services to local authorities, with payment normally coming within 30 days. But Brentwood and Castlepoint councils have led the way in reducing this to just 20 days. These 10 days can make all the difference in paying bills and staff, and helping businesses survive, and I want more local authorities to take it up."
He will be very slightly embarrassed this morning to learn that Tory-controlled Monmouthshire is at the bottom of a league table for prompt payment according to the Western Mail. Perhaps a Tory from the council would like to get in touch and explain?