(Original post by barnetlad)
Any idea how many do pay? As it is a tax per household and many apprentices live with one or both parents, I would expect.
I was unable to find any breakdown of such council tax payments, however it is interesting to note the age-groups under which apprenticeships are started:
"People aged 25 and over accounted for 44% (224,100) of apprenticeship starts in 2015/16. People aged 19-24 accounted for 30% (153,860) and under 19s 26% (131,420)." http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/SN06113
I think it would be a positive to remove any stigma or association that apprentices are generally viewed as school leavers or young adults who still live with their parents. We ought to be encouraging younger people to look further afield when looking at the prospect of apprenticeships, and I feel that reducing any burden of wanting to relocate to begin an apprenticeship should be welcomed.
(Original post by Afcwimbledon2)
Why not just make Apprentices the same as those in full-time education and run the system in a similar fashion.
I do believe that under some conditions, an apprentice should be considered as an equal to those in full-time education, particularly with student households whereby such households are exempt from paying 100% council tax providing all occupants are in full-time education. Or the government could for example, look at adding a condition aimed particularly at the first year of an apprenticeship, since apprentices are only entitled to the national minimum wage for their age group after 12 months of completing the apprenticeship.
In fairness to what Jammy Duel pointed out, since apprentices do receive wages it is only reasonable to expect them to pay council tax at some point. For example Vodafone currently has an apprenticeship, based in Leeds, advertised on the .gov website with a salary of £21.k p.a. Clearly somebody in this position of salary would be expected to contribute towards council tax.
However the current threshold does not seem fit for purpose, and the fact it does not take into account geographical location, something the student system does, is in itself unfair. More ought to be done to help and encourage those undertaking apprenticeships.
Apprentices were ignored by the Government in the 24th Parliamentary term, they must not be ignored now.