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Largest ever Levy consultation launched by CITB

News   •   Feb 15, 2017 10:22 GMT

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is undertaking its biggest ever consultation with all companies affected being asked for their opinions on the levy proposal for 2018.

The full spectrum of construction firms regardless of their size, status as federated and non-federated, from across England, Scotland and Wales are being asked to take part – a total of around 70,000 in scope employers.

The 2018 proposal would see the Levy drop from 0.5% to 0.35%, with net CIS payments for subcontracted workers staying at 1.25%.

It is envisaged that the levy will provide more fairness to all employers and create enough funding for skills development to tackle the skills shortage.

Nationwide workshops, alongside dedicated webinars, will also be held to provide employers with the opportunity to share their opinions.

The consultation will run until May and used to inform the final Levy proposal, which will be put to industry from July.

In mid-2017, non-federated in-scope employers who pay the Levy will be asked to take part in independent market research to discover their thoughts as to whether they believe the final Levy proposal is necessary to encourage adequate training in the industry.

Sarah Beale, Chief Executive at CITB, said: “This proposal has been developed by an industry-led working group, with input from a whole range of employers. We believe this proposal offers good value, and supports a plan to deliver real impact for our industry over the next few years. But this Levy proposal and the way we are improving CITB must work for all, particularly the smaller employers which dominate our industry, so it’s critical that as many as possible have their say.

“There are lots of different ways to take part – by going to a consultation event, joining a webinar, or simply rating our current proposal on your tablet or phone. It needn’t take more than a few minutes to understand the offer and let us know what you think. So please take part. It’s your industry, and your CITB, so have your say.”

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