CITB wins court ruling

Businessman stamped rejected on a document while sitting in the office

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) welcomed the High Court ruling that rejected two of the three grounds raised by Knot Builders Limited (KBL) for judicial review. 

In dismissing these, the Court referred to “fanciful and opportunistic” submissions by KBL in an attempt to challenge CITB’s administration of the levy and grant schemes that support skills and training.

CITB said: “CITB is the custodian of the construction industry levy and must ensure any funding derived from the levy is available to those employers that qualify. It is therefore vital that CITB applies a fair, consistent and level playing field in the way the levy is collected and funding distributed.

“KBL’s continued attempts to avoid its levy liability and then to claim £28m of grant in a claim that has been substantively dismissed has resulted in three years of litigation at the expense of the industry. The funding protected by CITB by this ruling will enable CITB to further invest to support the construction industry to have a skilled, competent and inclusive workforce.”

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