The purpose of this quick survey is to engage members with the key issues of the principle that will influence the debate on the establishment of the Apprenticeship Levy in the coming months.

These are not the questions directly contained in the Governments consultation document. The LWBLA will produce a separate document with a follow up questionnaire covering the Governments consultation document.

Please complete the survey and let us know what you think.

* 1. Historically Government defines a large firm as employing more than 249 members of staff. Should this figure be used to define which employers pay in to the levy?

* 2. Should the levy apply to public services who are typically all large employers (as the Government is using tax payers cash to fund services and then takes back cash through the levy)?

* 3. Government has chosen to define the levy as a tax on employment not profit: is that the right solution?

* 4. Government believes separate levy models may be required for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland: is devolution more important than simplicity/consistency of use?

* 5. Should the levy be based on individual accounts controlled by an employer or be a general fund for allocation and distribution?

* 6. Should the levy be used to support small employers, or pay for other services?

* 7. Should the levy ultimately replace all public funding for apprenticeships?

* 8. Government 'fully funds' the education of all 16-18 year olds including apprentices. How should this affect the levy?

* 9. Should the levy replace the current system of annual allocation based funding agreements and the SFA?

* 10. Should employers be subject to Ofsted inspections?

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Thank you for completing this survey.

Members are encouraged to respond directly to Government and influence the LWBLA's response. Please be aware that the deadline for responses to Government is 11:45pm on the 2nd October 2015.