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S5W-06100: Daniel Johnson (Edinburgh Southern)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 12 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-05135 by Jamie Hepburn on 13 December 2016, what it estimates (a) the cost of the Scottish public sector contribution to the UK Apprenticeship Levy and (b) the net impact on the Scottish Government’s net spending power will be, in each of the next three years.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 23 January 2017

a) The cost of the Scottish public sector contribution to the Apprenticeship Levy is estimated at £73 million per annum.

b) Given the direct financial impact on public sector employers, in 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20, we estimate that the Scottish Government’s net spending power will be £30m, £21m and £12m million lower in each year respectively than it would have been in the absence of the Levy, £63 million in total over the three year period.