To raise a Levy we must consult with the construction industry to gain industry support for the proposals for the next Levy Order. We need to show that there is this support every three years. This process is known as Consensus. Consensus is not an election or vote on the future of CITB, it is a consultation on how CITB will generate Levy over the next three years.
Consensus was due to take place last summer. With the onset of COVID-19, we spoke to employers, industry groups and stakeholders and many suggested that they wanted us to focus full-time on helping the industry meet the challenges posed by the pandemic. The Board took the decision to postpone the Consensus process and seek a one-year 2021 Levy Order for this year’s Levy assessments at reduced Levy rates in recognition that industry needed immediate support. We sought views from across industry on our plans for the months ahead and submitted our Strategic Plan 2021-25 to the Department for Education (DfE), along with our proposal for the one-year 2021 Levy Order.
In February having sought the view of industry, the Board confirmed the Consensus process would be reinstated this year. You can read more about the Consensus process here
In preparation for Consensus, we ran a industry-wide consultation on the draft Levy Proposals 2022-25. This consultation was opened from 1 March-11 April 2021. This is an important part of the Consensus process:
Whilst the recommendation is to retain pre-COVID rates for 2022-25, many employers are likely to pay less CITB Levy in 2022-23 as a result of the impact of COVID on business activity in 2020-21 which may have led to a lower total wage bill.
In making the Levy Proposals for 2022-25, the LSC considered providing stability for employers, a fair distribution of payments, transition from the current reduced Levy and getting back to a position where industry can be best supported, without putting extra burden on Levy payers.
Depending on whether you are a member of a Prescribed Organisation or not will affect the way you may be approached for your views:
This feedback will then be collated and analysed to obtain an Industry-wide view. Consensus results due to be published in Autumn 2021.