Gauke under fire over cash comments

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David Gauke
David Gauke

A Treasury minister who said it was "morally wrong" for householders to pay tradesmen in cash for a discount has come under fire from a body representing plumbers, builders and electricians.

Exchequer Secretary David Gauke sparked controversy after accusing homeowners who give workers cash of helping them avoid tax. He said: "Getting a discount with your plumber by paying cash in hand is something that is a big cost to the Revenue and means others have to pay more in tax.