In a joint statement issued by CITB-ConstructionSkills and Consensus Federations, (including the FMB), the group warned that main contractors should not be adding extra costs onto sub-contractors by passing on CITB levy payments, see www.cskills.org/aboutus/newsandevents/news/passingonlevy.aspx
Some main contractors or employers make deductions from their labour-only sub-contractors as a way of raising funds to pay their own levy assessments, calling it ‘a deduction for CITB levy’, or ‘amounts in respect of CITB levy’ or some such similar claim. These deductions can often be at higher rates than are set in the Industrial Training legislation and collected by CITB-ConstructionSkills.
CITB-ConstructionSkills is the body appointed by Parliament to raise and collect the training levy from employers in the construction industry. Construction employers are not authorised to make deductions from any amounts paid to a labour-only sub-contractor or other worker.
Any FMB member affected by these issues should contact FMB tax advisor Liz Bridge, quoting their FMB number, Tel: 0208 874 4335