Apprenticeship Levy fast becoming a tax, hauliers warn

Apprenticeship Levy fast becoming a tax, hauliers warn

Hauliers are becoming increasingly frustrated at unlocking funding from the Government’s Apprenticeship Levy, which is “fast becoming a tax” delegates at the Road Haulage Association’s Autumn Conference in Birmingham have been told. 
 
RHA Chief Executive Richard Burnett said: “The haulage sector has paid in £120m to the Levy yet has only been able to draw down on £10m as it tackles the shortfall of more than 50,000 drivers. 
 
“Why should it be such a battle to persuade the Government to support initiatives like Road to Logistics and provide a more flexible Apprenticeship Levy that actually supports our industry?”
 
Burnett said adopting the Migration Advisory Committee‘s skills-based recommendations on migrant labour was only going to make the situation worse. 
 
The RHA has called for exemptions for the sector to allow UK firms to employ HGV drivers from the EU. 
 
Continuing the Brexit theme, Burnett said that government divisions were making it impossible for the sector to look ahead with any certainty. “Our concern is that if the Government is unable to speak with one voice on Brexit what chance do we have of planning for the future?”
 
“Rest assured, as the date for Brexit gets nearer, we will be working around the clock to protect our members and the industry as a whole,” he added.