Maria Caulfield MP has asked the Secretary of State for Education to consider remove schools in Lewes from the apprenticeship levy to help with their finances.
The apprenticeship levy is a tax payable by all employers with an annual pay bill of more than £3 million at a rate of 0.5% of their total pay bill. The money raised is then used by the Department for Education to fund apprenticeship level training, however many feel that it is unfair that employers such as schools have to pay the levy detracting from their funding that could be used towards children’s education.
The Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds said that he would meet with Maria Caulfield MP to discuss the idea and other options to help fund schools in Lewes.
Maria Caulfield MP said “School funding is such an important issue as a good education is key to be able to give children a bright future. I will do all that I can to help ensure that schools across the Lewes constituency receive more funding, and removing them from paying the apprenticeship levy would certainly help. Last year, working with other East Sussex MPs, we secured an 8% increase in school funding. We will continue to fight for local schools and improvements to their funding.”