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Ministers come under fire on tax


THE CONSTRUCTION Confederation has renewed pressure on the government to reduce VAT on domestic repair and maintenance in its Budget submission.

The group's Christmas wishlist also includes a call for a review of the government's controversial tax scheme, which came into force in November.

Chairman Clive Benfield said: 'We will never stamp out the black economy unless we level the playing field. A VAT reduction to 5 per cent would do this and we have independent evidence to suggest it would not cost the Treasury a penny.'

He added: 'We also have continuing concerns about the Construction Industry Scheme, which remains little short of chaotic and is imposing intolerable burdens on construction companies.'