British MP under fire for comments about disabled people

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Newstalk ZB,
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Audio,
Publish Date
Friday, 8 December 2017, 7:07AM
Phillip Hammond said the country should be proud of getting more people into work but it could be affecting its measure of productivity. (Photo \ stockxchng)

A senior British MP's under fire for suggesting disabled people are slowing down the workforce.

The comments come as the Conservative government is pressured to pick up worker productivity, which has basically stayed flat over the last decade.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond said the country should be proud of getting more people into work but it could be affecting its measure of productivity.

UK correspondent Ben Bland told Rachel Smalley disability charities have called on the Chancellor to retract his comments.

"These charities feel that the Chancellor's comments have undermined the good work that is being done to support disabled people getting into work."

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