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Phillip Hammond Blames Disabled People Working For Fall In Productivity

December 7, 2017

I’m shocked. His Government wants more of us to work, don’t they? So why make it harder for us to find jobs by saying things that would give employers a wrong, negative impression?

Philip Hammond has been criticised for suggesting that more disabled people finding jobs is partly responsible for UK’s falling productivity.

Appearing in front of the Treasury Select Committee, the Chancellor said: “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.”

He was responding to a question about a 0.1 per cent fall in UK productivity earlier this year.

Opposition MPs describe his comments as ”appalling” and “ignorant”, while disability charities called them “shocking” as they accused Mr Hammond of perpetuating “outdated negative stereotypes”. 

Labour’s John Mann, who sits on the committee, wrote on Twitter: “Appalling. Chancellor just linked low productivity growth to the labour market and specified the increased employment of disabled people.

“My experience of employing disabled people is that they are brilliant employees. The chancellors [sic] comments are ignorant.”

Mr Hammond said having more people from “all groups in society” in jobs was beneficial in other ways, even if it reduces productivity.

“Having high levels of workforce participation, and allowing maximum access to the workforce for all groups in society brings benefits in itself, and actually produces larger GDP,” he said. “It may have collateral impact on measured productivity performance.”

However, disability charities said the Chancellor’s comments were “shocking” and “outdated”.

Richard Kramer, deputy chief executive of Sense, said: “It is shocking to hear the Chancellor’s comments today, blaming Britain’s fall in economic productivity on working disabled people. Just last week the Government renewed its commitment to increase the amount of disabled people in work, recognising the important role that meaningful employment plays for disabled people and wider society. 

“Philip Hammond’s comments undermine these ambitions completely and many disabled workers will be appalled at such outdated negative stereotypes being reinforced by the Chancellor.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. December 7, 2017 1:13 am

    absolutely shocking just send him over to the remember the dead website for how his government treats people

  2. December 7, 2017 2:26 am

    Reblogged this on THE WORLD GONE MAD.

  3. jeffrey davies permalink
    December 7, 2017 6:53 am

    oh dear sieg hiel just another following orders

  4. December 7, 2017 9:36 am

    Hammond’s comments put me in mind of 1930’s Germany’s thinking!
    Then the Semites were to blame for all the ills of the country.
    Now in 21 C Britain the Tories seem to have it in their heads it’s disabled people who are the common enemy.
    Do take away their benefits, doesn’t matter they worked for them in most cases , did them!! Hit them in their homes with the bedroom tax – better if we could move them onto manageable areas estates or ghettos!!
    If a few die because of stress, or neglect saves on gas AND benefits.
    If we cut down oñ work opportunities look at the money we can save on Motability !!!

    Welcome to the new scapegoat!?

    Think I’m joking consider again thank last eight years and direction of policy!!??

  5. December 8, 2017 9:25 am

    UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – Articles

    Article 4 – General obligations –

    1. States Parties undertake to ensure and promote the full realization of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all persons with disabilities without discrimination of any kind on the basis of disability.

    b) To take all appropriate measures, including legislation, to modify or abolish existing laws, regulations, customs and practices that constitute discrimination against persons with disabilities

    c) To take into account the protection and promotion of the human rights of persons with disabilities in all policies and programmes;

    d) To refrain from engaging in any act or practice that is inconsistent with the present Convention and to ensure that public authorities and institutions act in conformity with the present Convention;

    e) To take all appropriate measures to eliminate discrimination on the basis of disability by any person, organization or private enterprise;

    Article 5 – Equality and non-discrimination

    1. States Parties recognize that all persons are equal before and under the law and are entitled without any discrimination to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law.

    2. States Parties shall prohibit all discrimination on the basis of disability and guarantee to persons with disabilities equal and effective legal protection against discrimination on all grounds.

    3. In order to promote equality and eliminate discrimination, States Parties shall take all appropriate steps to ensure that reasonable accommodation is provided.

    Article 8 – Awareness-raising

    1. States Parties undertake to adopt immediate, effective and appropriate measures:

    a) To raise awareness throughout society, including at the family level, regarding persons with disabilities, and to foster respect for the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities;

    b) To combat stereotypes, prejudices and harmful practices relating to persons with disabilities, including those based on sex and age, in all areas of life;

    c) To promote awareness of the capabilities and contributions of persons with disabilities.

    2. Measures to this end include:

    a) Initiating and maintaining effective public awareness campaigns designed:

    i. To nurture receptiveness to the rights of persons with disabilities;

    ii. To promote positive perceptions and greater social awareness towards persons with disabilities;

    iii. To promote recognition of the skills, merits and abilities of persons with disabilities, and of their contributions to the workplace and the labour market;

    b) Fostering at all levels of the education system, including in all children from an early age, an attitude of respect for the rights of persons with disabilities;

    c) Encouraging all organs of the media to portray persons with disabilities in a manner consistent with the purpose of the present Convention;

    d) Promoting awareness-training programmes regarding persons with disabilities and the rights of persons with disabilities.

    Article 16 – Freedom from exploitation, violence and abuse

    1. States Parties shall take all appropriate legislative, administrative, social, educational and other measures to protect persons with disabilities, both within and outside the home, from all forms of exploitation, violence and abuse, including their gender-based aspects.

    3. In order to prevent the occurrence of all forms of exploitation, violence and abuse, States Parties shall ensure that all facilities and programmes designed to serve persons with disabilities are effectively monitored by independent authorities.

    4. States Parties shall take all appropriate measures to promote the physical, cognitive and psychological recovery, rehabilitation and social reintegration of persons with disabilities who become victims of any form of exploitation, violence or abuse, including through the provision of protection services. Such recovery and reintegration shall take place in an environment that fosters the health, welfare, self-respect, dignity and autonomy of the person and takes into account gender- and age-specific needs.

    5. States Parties shall put in place effective legislation and policies, including women- and child-focused legislation and policies, to ensure that instances of exploitation, violence and abuse against persons with disabilities are identified, investigated and, where appropriate, prosecuted.

    Yeah. Right.

    Misconduct in Public Office –

    Criminal Justice Act 2003 (section 146) –
    Increase in sentences for aggravation related to disability (Hate Crime) –

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