The industry-led Levy Working Party was established to help with assessing industry’s views of potential changes to the Levy Order during the time of consensus and ahead of CITB making any relevant submissions to the Department for Education concerning the Levy Order changes.
The Levy Working Party normally sits for a period prior to and for the duration of consensus. For the current period of consensus, the group will sit from June 2016 until December 2017.
Read about the Levy Working Party:
Who are the members of the Levy Working Party?
The Levy working party is made up of a mix of industry representatives, covering the whole of Great Britain, and is chaired by a member of CITB's board.
The current members are:
- Liz Bridge, Joint Taxation Committee
- Craig Bruce, Pert Construction (Scotland)
- Jemma Carmody, Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA)
- Gareth Davies, Knox & Well (Wales)
- Sarah Garry, Build UK
- Alison Lamplough, Laing O’Rourke
- Ian Rogers, Scottish Decorators Federations (SDF)
- Annie Summun, Kisiel Ltd
- Barry Neilson, SEO CITB Northern Ireland - observer
Chair: Diana Garnham, CITB Board Trustee
CITB representative: Steve Radley, Director of Policy
Objectives and goals
Each time the Levy Working Party is established, a set of objectives and goals are defined for the period that it sits.
The objectives and goals for the current Levy Working Party are:
- To examine issues arising from current interpretations of the levy Order, in particular:
- assess the implications of the introduction of the government’s Apprenticeship Levy
- model new ways of applying the Levy Order to ensure fairness and proportionality across all stakeholders, and explore any relevant changes to the Levy Order that ensue
- engage stakeholders to gather views to feed into future Levy Order developments.
Criteria 1: group composition
The group will be small in number to ensure independence and agility of working. It will comprise eight stakeholders, plus the Chair, who should have experience among construction-levy employers, which encompasses the skills and knowledge required to deliver the objectives.
Using alternative people to attend meetings on behalf of group members is at the discretion of the Chair.
Criteria 2: independence and objectivity
The group should be independent and objective. In addition, each member should have a good understanding of CITB's objectives and priorities and of their role in assessing, monitoring and evaluating potential levy designs.
Criteria 3: skills and knowledge
Members must have the ability to use knowledge and skills to support the future development of CITB strategy. All members must have sound financial understanding.
Criteria 4: code of conduct
Members will conduct themselves in line with CITB's code of conduct.