Information on the reclaim mechanism for employers in the devolved nations sought.
We have no comment on the actual draft regulations for the apprenticeship levy but have serious concerns about one important related administrative aspect of the levy: the reclaim mechanism for employers based outside England. How employers in the devolved nations are able to access the money they have paid into the levy scheme remains unknown:
Building societies – and indeed other employers - who have mobile or offshore workers spanning UK national borders need clarity. Final information on the distribution of levy funds and the eligibility of cross-border workers is vital to ensure that, for example, English residents working in Scotland or English-based employees who commute to Wales are able to benefit from increased apprenticeship opportunities. Otherwise, the levy is in danger of becoming a postcode lottery – or worse, just another payroll tax.