Builders call for VAT cut to tackle cash payments
9 May 2014 Last updated at 12:04 BST
Cutting VAT to 5% on home refurbishment would tempt people away from paying tradesmen cash-in-hand, the National Federation of Builders (NFB) has claimed.
It comes after a survey found that 51% of homeowners had paid tradesmen cash-in-hand in order to get a discount - and did not have any regrets about it.
Undeclared cash-in-hand payments cost the Treasury an estimated £2bn a year.
BBC Radio 5 live's Rowan Bridge visited a building merchants in Manchester to find out what construction workers and customers thought of the idea.