Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle Price slammed over disabled and minimum wage comments

THURROCK MP Jackie Doyle-Price has been slammed by political opponents over a comment on the disabled and the minimum wage on her twitter account.

The tweet on her account said: "Anyone who denies that the minimum wage is a barrier to employment for the less able is living in cloud cuckoo land."

The controversial MP’s comments come less than 24 hours after welfare reform minister, Lord Freud, apologised over comments he made regarding people with disabilities and the minimum wage.

Thurrock Labour’s parliamentary candidate, Polly Billington, has condemned the remarks.

Ms Billington said: "The minimum wage is called that for a reason: it is the very least people should be paid for work. Jackie Doyle Price’s comments show a contempt for the dignity of work and disabled people.

"Those with disabilities and their employers can get help and support so they can work but the money they take home from work should be at least the minimum.

"People with disabilities add value to the workplace just like everyone else who works".

The chief executive of Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions (TLS), Neil Woodbridge has also reflected on the comments.

He said: "At TLS we support many disabled people in to paid work. The minimum wage is exactly that. No one deserves less".


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