Statement on helping more people with severe disabilities into work

26 Sep 2017
‘I set up the Low Pay Unit in 1974 to advocate for a national minimum wage when all the other political parties opposed the idea. That campaign culminated in the introduction by a Labour Government of the national minimum wage in 1999, and more recently by a Tory Government of the national living wage.

'No disabled person should receive less than the national living wage. It is totally absurd to suggest otherwise. The Work and Pensions Select Committee is likely to examine a whole series of options to help people with severe disabilities achieve their ambition of gaining, and keeping a job. My preference is for the national living wage to remain sacrosanct, but for employers and the state to combine their efforts into a generous support package.'