Apprentices: Taxation

Department for Education written question – answered on 19th November 2018.

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Photo of Julie Elliott Julie Elliott Labour, Sunderland Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much money has been collected under the apprenticeship levy by (a) local authority area and (b) region; and (b) how much of that funding has been drawn down by employers to fund apprenticeships.

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton Minister of State (Education)

Information on the apprenticeship levy collected by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs and spent in each local authority or region of the UK is not available in the format requested.

Many larger levy-paying employers have their headquarters in one region, but they employ staff across the country. This means that we cannot attribute the levy that was collected and spent in individual locations. Individual employers control where apprenticeship funds are spent to meet their current and future skills needs.

Since the introduction of the levy in April 2017, a total of £370 million has been paid to providers on behalf of employers from their apprenticeship levy accounts, as at 30 September 2018. Payments from the apprenticeship service are made one month in arrears.

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