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Quality comes at a price


Sir, Your editorial on the Quality Mark scheme (Construction News, January 9) missed a crucial point.

Over the past five years, we have consistently argued that the Quality Mark would only work if accompanied by a reduction in VAT on domestic repair and maintenance. That would remove at a stroke the competitive advantage enjoyed by cowboy builders operating outside the law and tax regime.

We have always predicted that the Quality Mark would have a poor take-up if it was simply adding to the costs of bona fide builders without other measures to help them become price competitive. So far, the Government has not been listening.

Stephen Ratcliffe Chief executive, Construction Confederation