Will there be any changes to contracts as a result of the EA?
All existing contracts with the ELBs will novate to EA under the legislation.
Where should I send invoices?
Generally invoices should be sent to the same place as at present. So if you normally send your invoice to e.g.
then future invoices should be sent to:
Education Authority – Belfast Office
There will be some outstanding invoices to the ELBs and these should be invoiced to the ELBs. Generally if the purchase order came from an ELB, you should invoice the ELB in question. If your purchase order came from EA, then invoice EA. However, invoices will be processed and paid in the usual way, regardless of which organisation is being invoiced.
Please note that you will receive separate payments from the five regions for the first two years of operation of EA.
If you currently send invoices directly to a school, a kitchen or another location, you should continue to do so.
Who should I contact with any queries?
You should contact the person that you would normally contact – initially there will be no change to any aspect of the procurement and payment cycle. If you inadvertently contact the wrong region, staff will direct you to the correct person.