Apprentices: Taxation

Department for Education written question – answered on 30th July 2019.

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Photo of Lord Foster of Bath Lord Foster of Bath Chair, Rural Economy Committee

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to collate data on apprenticeship levy payments and spending by sector; and if not, why not.

Photo of Lord Agnew of Oulton Lord Agnew of Oulton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The apprenticeship levy is collected by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) from employers with a pay bill in excess of £3 million per year. HMRC publishes monthly data on apprenticeship levy receipts which can be found at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/hmrc-tax-and-nics-receipts-for-the-uk. The most recent update was published on 19 July 2019. This update has been attached and can be found at the following link: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/817746/Jun19_Receipts_NS_Bulletin_Final.pdf.

HMRC will continue to review the appropriate data to put into the public domain regarding the apprenticeship levy.

The Education and Skills Funding Agency does not currently require levy-paying employers to register a sector when they set up an online apprenticeship service account to manage their funds. As we develop the apprenticeship service, we will continue to review the data we collect to improve user experience and outcomes.

We already publish detailed data on apprenticeship starts, including levy-supported starts, and our engagement with employers and sector bodies to develop our understanding of how apprenticeships work for different sectors. The most recent update was published on 11 July 2019. All quarterly data releases include a main commentary which summarises apprenticeship starts by level, framework or standard, and whether or not they were levy-supported. This commentary has been attached and is available at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/815291/Apprenticeships_and_Traineeships_release_July19_main_text.pdf. The whole quarterly release is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/apprenticeships-and-traineeships-july-2019.

HL17457_June_Tax_Receipts (PDF Document, 1.61 MB)
HL17457_Commentary (PDF Document, 859.31 KB)

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