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Scots seeks cash for anti-cowboy scheme

BACKERS of Scotland's answer to the anti-cowboy Quality Mark scheme will plead for government funding at a meeting with construction minister Brian Wilson next month.

The Construction Licensing Executive - the new watchdog for the domestic market backed by Trading Standards and the Scottish Consumer Council - has been bankrolled by trade associations so far, but now needs more funding to convey the message to the public.

Sid Patten, chief executive of Scottish Building and CLE board member, said: 'We are about to begin assessing members and non-members alike but we need more money.

'The Scottish Parliament is not providing the cash because it claims that the CLE is a matter of consumer protection which hasn't been devolved and should be funded from Westminster.'

He added: 'Just a tenth of the £6.7 million that the Department of Trade and Industry has poured into the Quality Mark would make a huge difference.'

The CLE will appoint a fulltime secretary and ambassador for the scheme at a board meeting next week.