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Brown got one thing right in the Budget

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GORDON Brown has finally turned his beady eye on composite companies with plans to crack down on tax dodgers across construction.

The chancellor can sense an extra £1 billion in revenue and his latest consultation paper spells the beginning of the end for hundreds of composite providers.

Most people using these firms should be directly employed and have just exploited the confusion surrounding the current system.

The only surprise is that it has taken Mr Brown so long to shut this loophole.

It is a vital development in the war on bogus self-employment because firms playing the game and taking people back on the books have been put at a disadvantage.

The legitimately self-employed will still be able to move from firm to firm and those working for a single company should go back into direct employment.

The Revenue has got itself in a tangle dealing with composite companies and the firms will no doubt be employing the finest legal and financial advice to find a way round this purge.

It is not often Mr Brown is praised for trying to increase taxes, but perhaps in this instance it might work out to the benefit of the industry in the long run.