Who is consulted?

Find out about the Prescribed Organisations that CITB consults as part of the Consensus process.

In establishing whether there is Consensus in the industry in favour of its Levy Proposals, CITB consults with 'Prescribed Organisations' (previously known as Consensus Federations). If a Prescribed Organisation supports the Levy Proposals, all its Levy paying members count as supporting the proposals.

All employers have the opportunity to take part in discussions on the Levy Proposals during the Consultation phase of Consensus. This includes a series of face to face events in spring 2020 and employer forums. However employers can only register their opinion on the dedicated online Consultation Channel. This information is fed back to the Levy Working Party (LWP) before the final Levy Proposals are recommended to the Board.

The Board consider that the combination of Consulting with Prescribed Organisations and sampling unrepresented employers is more effective and practical than attempting to survey 30,000 individual employers. The sample survey is conducted by an external body in accordance to relevant Market Research Society codes, with full anonymity of responses. The research agency is selected from a Government-approved list of independent research houses. The brief is provided by CITB, but the survey is conducted independently. CITB does not and should not know which employers are contacted; however, strict quotas are put in place to ensure that the responses match the overall composition of Levy paying employers that are not members of a Prescribed Organisation.