The Gong: LADbible

THE GONG is awarded to publishers who need a wake-up call on late payments.

This month's nomination for our much-postponed award ceremony for late payers goes to LADbible. A member writes: "They have often paid on time (more so for news shifts than individual features) but regularly pay late. I recently had to invoke the Late Payment of Commercial Debts Act. The company still only paid the original invoice; but I was paid the £40 surcharge after notifying the NUJ. The editors at the company are all highly professional. I blame managers."

To see how to use that Act to claim at least £40 for each overdue invoice, plus interest, see www.londonfreelance.org/interest.html - and remember to invoice early and invoice often.