‘Ignorant’ Chancellor Philip Hammond Says Disabled Workers May Be Hitting Britain’s Productivity

Philip Hammond’s suggestion that disabled people could be responsible for the UK’s sluggish productivity is “extraordinarily ignorant,” a leading campaign group has said. The chancellor has been accused of “disgusting scapegoating.”

Hammond insinuated that “increasing participation” in the workforce of disabled people may have “had an impact on overall productivity measures.”

Disability Rights UK’s policy manager Philip Connolly told RT the chancellor’s comments are “extraordinarily ignorant” as they have no foundation in reality, and that disabled people are bound to feel “highly insulted” by them.

Connolly defended employed disabled people saying that far from creating a “drag effect,”they are “highly productive and contribute massively to the employers they work for.”

“Disabled people are underrepresented in the work force and if more of them were in-work they would provide more contribution to the economy,” he told RT.

The chancellor made the comments to a Treasury select committee when he was asked about low economic productivity levels.

“It is almost certainly the case that by increasing participation in the workforce, including far higher levels of participation by marginal groups and very high levels of engagement in the workforce, for example of disabled people – something we should be extremely proud of – may have had an impact on overall productivity measurements,” Hammond said.

Anna Bird, the director of policy and research at Scope, branded his comments “unacceptable and derogatory.”

“They [comments] fundamentally undermine the government’s policy to get more disabled people into work, and the ambition set out by the prime minister just a week ago,” she said, according to the Guardian.

“The chancellor must urgently withdraw them and offer a full apology,” she added.

The shadow minister for disabled people, Marsha de Cordova, was among the many who took to Twitter to criticize the chancellor’s comments.

It comes after the UN published a damning report back in August claiming the UK is failing to uphold disabled people’s rights across different sectors.

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A report by the UN committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities found Britain had fallen short of complying with a UN convention enshrining the right of disabled to go about different areas of their lives without discrimination.

Shortly before that, Theresia Degener launched a scathing attack on the government’s welfare cuts which she said have created a “human catastrophe” for disabled people.

A government spokesperson responded at the time saying: “The UK is a recognised world leader in disability rights and equality, which is why we supported the development of the UN convention.

“Almost 600,000 disabled people have moved into work over the last four years and we spend over £50 billion a year to support disabled people and those with health conditions, more than ever before.

“This first periodic review will help build on our progress to empower disabled people in all aspects of their lives.”

Via RT.

  • hvaiallverden

    Yup, I am one of them, walked into an episode where I didnt do anything other then been on the wrong spot to the wrong time, and when I helped an college to wrap up before an break, that person missed with an sledge hammer and hit me straight into my stomach, and since then my back have been f….
    But, and here it is, I also tested positive 8 years ago on Tick born Boreoliese, with an big red spot, but the 2 next tests where negative, so the dock didnt bother to do anything else, I gave up years ao, and I dont know entirely if this is my real problem along with the accident.
    And now, I have no idea of why, apart from the back and the central nerve systems crashed, I have an body that dont functions properly anymore, muscle problems, cramps, half of my face is hanging, etc, I have to sit an pee, and so on.
    If you read about CP I have almost it all, the only difference is that I still can move, but have to use crutches from time to time, I even tried to work, as an teacher, but again, the I cant drive cars for more than short distances, before things start to be an problem, my feets gets numb and aces, etc etc.
    Some years ago it was difficult to even change gear while driving and I am depended upon cruise control etc for longer driving, and I talk about not an full hour, it comes within minutes.

    I am the only one whom lost everything, nobody else, I have lost millions, and you assh…. think we do this for fun, f…..

    What is it that makes people tlike this one come forth with this, hate propaganda,
    In Norway, we have annually this kind of shit throwing, on us, but I am an adult, not an child.
    But Norway have an MSM that runs campagnes, pure hate propaganda, and this is one ex. only.


    For weeks our MSM sunned articles about Young well fare people, children, and their rhetoric was much worse that this rats rants, all party’s screamed at this lazy young parasites, from left to right, for weeks, celebrity, etc, and I can handle a lot of shit but this weeks are tough even for me, and what do you think the truth is.
    You have no idea of what and how rotten the Norwegians (southern parts, an people witch is what I cal Dirt Turks, aka Khazars) are, pure scums.

    Of an population of 5 Mili. we talk about ca. 1000 children, with everything from damages by cancer to CP, incest to serious illnesses, and that was what this hate campagnes was about,
    And now when our social costs have exploded, 50 % whom do you think, they blame, huh, their own.
    They, as this MoFo dont care nor even knows what they talk about.
    no shame, but to be honest, the fact that this 50% increase of spending’s is due to our fresh multicultural enrichment, that is not debated nor even talked about, yeah, we are not racists, right.
    So they attack their own people, and even young ones are an free game this days where everybody is offended, but this, rant, show the scale of it, and how hideous this f…. political scumbag is.

    I dont even want my enemy to have to go thru what I have done, and now, even when it wasnt my fault I am scorned and an victim of political hate, of course they need something, and then WE are here.
    May you rot in hell f…..


  • Inretrospect

    Perhaps, Chancellor Philip Hammond’s disability (idiocy) could be corrected if he had to depend on a wheelchair and handicapped access, too. It would be a Divine and karmic opportunity for the Chancellor be more empathetic and, to lead by example!

    • Tark McCoy

      Don’t bang on the Chancellor to badly. I hear he’s an equal opportunity hire, apparently because he’s retarded.