Our statement on Philip Hammond’s recent comments on Britain’s productivity

Philip Hammond recently commented that Britain’s sluggish productivity could partly be blamed on more disabled people in the workforce.

It would be interesting to know where he got this information from.

An external evaluation of WorkFit, the DSA’s employment programme, found that companies who have members of staff with Down’s syndrome on their payroll reported a small but important positive impact on the productivity of the organisation or company overall.

A large majority of WorkFit employers also reported a high degree of satisfaction with the productivity and work of their staff with Down’s syndrome.

Perhaps the person responsible for Britain’s economy might consider reviewing the contribution that disabled people make to productivity and ensure funding for those initiatives that are working to support people into work who are making a difference.