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Twenty men and three women from the West Midlands, Staffordshire, London and Manchester were last week arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to cheat the Construction Industry Scheme and money laundering offences totalling more than £6 million.

Calls for more direct labour after raids

Construction Industry Council chief executive Graham Watts has urged the construction sector “to start employing the people that work for it” after dawn raids by HM Revenue & Customs officers uncovered a multi-million pound tax fraud.

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