It may look like this is nothing new - after all, the National Council for Vocational Qualifications has been charging an NVQ levy for years - but QNCA will have statutory powers that the NCVQ doesn't have. A qualifications levy on awarding bodies will be passed on to colleges, employers and students, who will have little choice but to pay it. A compulsory service charge is a poor euphemism for a tax. As George Bush once said "if it walks like a tax, talks like a tax and looks like a tax, it's a tax".
JULIAN GRAVATT Registrar Lewisham College London SE4