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CITB to overhaul levy consensus process

The CITB is overhauling the way in which it gets permission from the sector to continue to receive its training levy.

Every three years the organisation must receive permission from the government to continue receiving the money it collects from the sector.

As part of this process, the CITB consults with companies before the government approves the levy.

Under the changes, the CITB will more than treble the number of firms it consults with before the three-year period comes to an end.

This means 6,000 companies will be consulted, up from 1,900 in 2013.

Other changes include the CITB sharing more details on the consensus process and results, while federations will also be required to give more clarity on how they engage and consult with members ahead of the Levy Order.

CITB head of policy Stephen Radley told Construction News the new system would “increase transparency” and better reflect the growing number of firms no longer associated with industry federations.

Construction firms with a annual wage bill of over £80,000 currently pay 0.5 per cent of that to the CITB.

To get the Levy Order accepted the CITB must prove it has industry support by achieving a consensus of 50 per cent or more from the companies surveyed.

In 2013, 86 per cent of the 1,900 employers supported the levy.

The consensus process will take place between August and September next year, with a government decision expect in February 2018.

Mr Radley said: “It’s absolutely critical that we have the confidence and support of our industry on our role and purpose.

”Consensus is the benchmark of that confidence and so we must ensure we reach as many employers as possible and the outcome is truly representative of our sector.

“As part of our ongoing reform, we have listened to what industry has told us and are reflecting the changing nature of construction.

“Therefore we are sharpening up this consultation process. We are casting our net further to reach more levy payers and put transparency and accountability firmly at the heart of the process.”

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