Employment: Disability

HM Treasury written question – answered on 21st December 2017.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the evidence that suggests the greater employment of disabled people is a significant drag upon the British level of productivity as stated in his oral evidence to the Treasury Select Committee on 6 December 2017.

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. Both the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Office for Budget Responsibility have suggested that increasing overall employment may have had an effect on measures of productivity. The Chancellor was not suggesting – and does not believe – that increased participation by people with disabilities has had any negative impact on the economy. It has helped to increase economic growth and it is something we can be very proud of as a country.

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