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The Chancellor has been criticised by a disabled charity for saying high levels of disabled people in the workforce may have had an impact on productivity. Speaking to the Treasury Committee, Philip Hammond said the UK should be "extremely proud of high levels of participation by disabled people". But that may have had an impact on the UK's overall productivity. Disabled charity Scope called for an apology, saying the comments were "unacceptable and derogatory". Last month the government announced plans to get a million more disabled people into work within a decade. Anna Bird, director of policy and research at Scope, said they "fundamentally undermine the government's policy and the ambition set out by the prime minister just a week ago". Full story

7 December