Cash-in-hand is nothing unusual
Nice one, David Gauke, telling people not to pay the plumber or tradesmen cash-in-hand (News, July 26).
What is the alternative for pensioners and the unemployed who don't have cheque books?
As a pensioner, I always ask self-employed tradesmen to forget about VAT and I don't need a bill. A pound in my pocket is better than contributing it to David Gauke, who through tax-free allowances, had household goods valued at thousands of pounds delivered to his home.
He also had more than £10,000 in stamp duty and fees in the purchase of a second home paid by the taxpayer through his tax-free allowance. Yes, nice one indeed.
Gauke says he never asks for discount. Why should he, when we - the taxpayers - are paying the bill?