Philip Hammond blames low productivity on disabled workers

Philip Hammond
Chancellor Philip Hammond in Downing Street

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  • Philip Hammond called “ignorant” after suggesting low productivity rates were because of more disabled people working.
  • The chancellor told the Treasury Select Committee that more disabled people working “may have had an impact” on productivity.
  • Labour MP John Mann says the remarks are “appalling.”

LONDON — Philip Hammond has been criticised after linking low productivity rates to higher amounts of disabled people working in the UK.

The chancellor told MPs at the Treasury Select Committee that “very high levels of engagement in the workforce” of disabled people “may have had an impact on overall productivity measurements.”

Labour MP John Mann, a member of the committee, said the remarks were “appalling” and “ignorant” in a tweet.

Anna Bird, director of policy and research at disability charity Scope, told HuffPost: “These comments are totally unacceptable and derogatory.

Asked about a fall in productivity rates in 2017, Hammond…

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