Employment: Disability

HM Treasury written question – answered on 12th December 2017.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Co-Leader of the Green Party

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to his oral evidence to the Treasury Committee of 6 December 2017, what the evidential basis is for the correlation between increased participation in the workforce by disabled people and overall productivity measurements; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Andrew Jones Andrew Jones The Exchequer Secretary

The Chancellor is extremely proud of our record of helping over 600,000 disabled people into employment over the last four years. At the Treasury Committee, he made a broader point about workforce productivity – where research by the OBR, IFS and others suggest there may be a relationship between overall employment rates across the population and average productivity - whilst being clear about the benefits to the whole economy from having more people in work.

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