Anger at Chancellor’s disability employment comments


The Chancellor has been criticised by a crippled charity for saying high levels of disabled people in the workforce may cause had an impact on productivity.

Speaking to the Treasury Committee, Philip Hammond conveyed the UK should be “extremely proud of high levels of participation by disabled people”.

But that may deceive had an impact on the UK’s overall productivity.

Disabled charity Scope called for an apology, guess the comments were “unacceptable and derogatory”.

Last month the government told plans to get a million more disabled people into work within a decade.

Anna Bird, skipper of policy and research at Scope, said Mr Hammond’s comments “fundamentally disable the government’s policy and the ambition set out by the prime minister just a week ago”.

She draw oned on him urgently to withdraw the remarks.

The challenge of getting to work in a wheelchair

Support for National Statistics figures show that disabled people fragments twice as likely to be unemployed as their able-bodied peers.

Labour MP Marsha de Cordova, dimness minister for disabled people, tweeted: “As a disabled person I am shocked and terrified that Philip Hammond is trying to blame me and other disabled people for the Tories’ monetary failure.

“He should apologise immediately for this disgraceful comment.”

She predicted the disability productivity gap had been “stuck at 30 odd percent” since 2010 and she castigated for a massive investment strategy and education programmes.

Sophie Morgan, a impotence rights campaigner and presenter, expressed her anger on Twitter.

She was joined by classification expert Mik Scarlet, who responded to Mr Hammond by documenting his journey to work.

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