National charity calls for Chancellor apology over “irresponsible scapegoating”

Sense responds to the Chancellor’s comments blaming low economic productivity in part on disabled workers.

Sense, is calling on Philip Hammond to apologise for his comments linking Britain’s fall in productivity to working disabled people.

Richard Kramer, Deputy CEO of Sense, said:

“Philip Hammond’s irresponsible scapegoating of disabled workers for Britain’s fall in productivity is completely unacceptable.

The Chancellor’s comments will be deeply distressing to hard working disabled people across the country, many of whom have been hindered in their careers or rejected from employment due to outdated and incorrect negative stereotypes such as these.

It should be the Government’s responsibility to break down these barriers, not reinforce them, and he must acknowledge this by issuing an immediate apology."