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S5W-19021: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 25 September 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how much it has received in Barnett consequentials from the UK Apprenticeship Levy (a) in 2017-18 and (b) since April 2018, and how this has been allocated.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 24 October 2018

As announced by UK Government Treasury on 14 November 2016 the Scottish Government's settlement from the Barnett consequentials of the Apprenticeship Levy is (a) 2017-2018 - £221 million; and (b) 2018-2019 - £230 million.

As the public sector is liable to pay the levy, the overall net effect is a reduction in public sector spending power in Scotland. A similar impact has been experienced in the other devolved nations.

All of the monies nationally allocated to the Block Grant as a consequence of the UK Government’s Apprenticeship Levy has been invested in skills, training and employability services.