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Children's TV Levy

What is the Children's TV Levy?

In response to the live-action children’s TV tax relief, the TV industry agreed to follow the example set by animation and high-end TV and start the Children’s TV Skills Levy Fund, with the intention of creating a sustainable funding legacy which would be used to directly support the next generation of live-action children’s TV talent.

To achieve this, it was agreed that all productions intending to take advantage of the UK would contribute to the skills levy.

In establishing and managing the skills levy, Creative Skillset works closely with the Children’s TV Skills Council to help identify key training needs and set priorities.

The Children’s TV Skills Levy was introduced in April 2015. 

How is the Children's TV Levy calculated and collected?

Eligible productions contribute 0.5% of the production's UK core expenditure (in sterling), up to a maximum contribution of £40,860 (the cap increases each year in line with RPI). Children’s TV productions pay their contribution in full on the first day of principal photography.

The earlier you commit to contributing to the skills levy, the more opportunities your production could benefit from. It does NOT have to coincide with your application for tax credit.

The first step is to complete and submit this short form.

What is the Children's TV Levy spent on?

The children’s TV levy is in its infancy and to date a separate funding programme for the levy fund has not get been agreed with the Children’s TV Council.

The Levy Funding Programme will be announced here when the Children’s TV Council agree the levy fund is sufficient to support the identified key areas adequately.

Funding for Children's TV training

There are various funding opportunities open to Children's TV live-action production companies to invest in training that addresses the industry's priority skills needs. The schemes we manage are listed below.

The Company Co-investment scheme is NOW OPEN for applications. This is a rolling fund with applications assessed every month.

Company Co-investment

Company co-investment grants support Children's TV levy-paying production companies to deliver ambitious training in response to the priority skills needs andin-demand roles identified by the live-action Children's TV sector.

Applications can be submitted to support training needed for an active production or for the skills development of your staff/business. Activities supported may include but are not limited to:

  • Shadowing and mentoring and ‘stepping up’ programmes
  • Professional development of employees and freelancers
  • Training programmes

Training must be completed by 30 March 2019.

Download the Children's TV Co-investment Grants 2017/18 Call for Applications.

Priority Training

Priority Training offers co-investment to deliver training in priority skills or that helps people progress into in-demand roles needed by the Children's TV industry. It is targeted to training providers or companies with experience of delivering industry-led training.

Call for Applications for Priority Training is currently closed.

Trainee Finder

Trainee Finder is a service that matches trainees with high-end and children's TV levy-paying productions across the UK. 

The scheme, which is supported by Creative Skillset’s Skills Investment Fund, aims to ensure a continued supply of a new generation of talent, capable of world-class creative content.

Taking on trainees through Trainee Finder enables you to claim back a percentage of the trainee’s training allowance for the duration of their placement on your production.

For more information, please contact Patrizia Berardi at patriziab@creativeskillset.org or call her on 020 7713 9843.

Or click here to register your company and search for trainees.

Who can I speak to about the Children's TV Levy?

For more information about the Children's TV Levy, contact Sarah Joyce.

For more information about paying the levy, please contact Fergal McBride.


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