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Tue, 2016-09-20 07:12

Scottish Chambers of Commerce has today called for the UK Government to consider the postponement of the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in Scotland, amid growing evidence that not enough businesses are prepared for the tax’s introduction next year.  Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:

“A UK-wide report has today been published by the British Chambers of Commerce, which shows that almost 40% of businesses have no understanding, or haven’t heard of, the Apprenticeship Levy – a new tax on many medium to large employers, which is due to be introduced in April next year.

“Here in Scotland, the position is even more confused as, with just over six months before the tax is scheduled to come into force, the Scottish Government has failed to put forward any clear plan on how Scottish businesses will be affected.  This is why organisations such as Oil and Gas UK have expressed their deep concerns about the current position.

“This situation is completely unacceptable.  No matter where a business is based in the UK, it should by now have a clear understanding of what the Apprenticeship Levy is, who will be paying it and what they can expect to see in terms of additional skills and apprenticeship provision in return.  This is clearly not the case, particularly in Scotland and unless the situation is rectified quickly, then the basis for the introduction of the tax is undermined and its introduction in Scotland should be postponed until April 2018.”