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Brolly calls for review of Construction Industry Training Board remit

19 February, 2008

Sinn Féin East Derry Assembly Member Francie Brolly has tabled a motion in the Assembly calling for a wide ranging review of the Construction Industry training Board (CITB).

Francie Brolly said:

"I have tabled a motion which will be debated in the Assembly next Monday, 25 February calling on the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to instigate a wide ranging review of the CITB remit. I have asked that the review should cover areas such as levies, apprenticeships and disbursement of grants.

"Considering the downturn in the construction industry I believe that it is time that the Minister took the concerns of the Industry seriously and addressed the anomalies that exist in the Construction Industry in comparison to the engineering industry and other trades organizations.

"The practice by the CITB of imposing Levies on the Construction Industry I believe is an equality issue as no such levies are payable by other sectors. I don't believe that it is unreasonable for the Industry to ask that it be treated similarly to other like industries such as engineering and electrical contractors who do not pay levies.

"The industry rightly views the imposition of these levies as an additional form of taxation on an industry which is vital to the economic future of the North and indeed the island of Ireland. But even more repugnant than the Levies themselves are the seemingly limitless access that assessors have to all of the contractors, offices, private and confidential files when carrying out assessments for Levy purposes." ENDS

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