The Treasury has been forced to deny Philip Hammond’s controversial claim that more disabled people working could be a factor behind Britain’s low productivity rates.
The Chancellor has been criticised for not apologising for the claim, after an answer to a written question conceded there was no evidence for it.
Green MP Caroline Lucas asked Hammond, in a written question, to explain the evidence that linked the two.
MP Andrew Jones, the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, wrote back: “There is no evidence of a relationship between aggregate productivity measures and an increase in workforce participation of people with disabilities.”
Lucas castigated Hammond for not apologising, saying: “Why does sorry always seem to be the hardest word for ministers in this shambolic government?”