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Cabinet maker obliged to pay CITB levy

1 Nov 22 A Somerset kitchen and cabinet maker has lost its legal battle to be excluded from paying the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) training levy.

Robert S Charles craftsmanship
Robert S Charles craftsmanship

An employment tribunal has ruled that Robert S Charles Ltd, which designs and builds bespoke kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms, falls within the scope of the training levy.  

The CITB submitted five levy notices to Robert S Charles for the years 2016 to 2020, totalling approximately £19,000. None of them were paid and Robert S Charles made no returns to the CITB.

Robert S Charles managing director Robert Charles took the case to an employment tribunal but Judge Livesey ruled that his company was effectively in the construction industry because its work included “..alteration…of a building or part of the building” as defined within the industrial training levy orders.

The full judgment can be found at

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