Cheque Payments Are Changing

Sefton Council is introducing changes to how payments are made. From 1 October 2016, cheques will no longer be issued and instead money will be transferred through a BACS payment – straight into bank accounts.

Letters will be sent out to those affected by the change which will enable speedier transactions.

The change does not affect anyone who wants to pay by cheque to the Council. However we would encourage people to sign up for e-billing and direct debit – which makes paying bills, invoices or fines easier and more secure.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, said: “We have reviewed the payment processes and found that paying by cheque is a slower and more costly option for the Council.

“By bringing this change in across all services, it should help to save you time, reduce fraud and improve the level of security for everyone.

“We understand that this will be a significant change for some people so we have added some frequently asked questions to the website.”

How do I transfer from cheque to BACS?

If you are an existing supplier you will need to complete a BACS registration form to provide and verify your bank details. You will need to quote your existing supplier number (found on your last cheque remittance advice) and provide a valid email address.

If you are a new supplier you can register your company details on the supplier adoption form.

How long will it take for me to receive my payment?

You will be paid by the Council based on agreed terms for your type of service. The standard terms are 30 days. We make payment by BACS 3 times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) for transactions that have been approved. Once the funds are transferred they should reach your account within 2 working days. You will receive an electronic remittance to the email account you have supplied.

Who can I contact if I have a query?

If you have any questions about your order, please contact the named person on your purchase order. For assistance with supplier adoption or BACS you can contact the Accounts Payable team on 0151 934 3600 or email:

Why am I getting an error message?

Some Internet users may get a pop-up message when they open the BACS registration form. Please continue to the form as normal as it is secure and is on a trusted site.