A GOVERNMENT minister has urged disabled people to rent out their wheelchairs when they are not sitting in them.
Welfare minister Lord Freud said wheelchair users could supplement their income when they are asleep or on the lavatory.
He added: “Wheelchairs look like they would be great fun, but I don’t want to buy one. I would be wiling to pay maybe £20 an hour.
“Disabled people would then be running their own businesses, rather than cluttering-up offices and getting in the way of people who are at least worth the minimum wage.”
Martin Bishop, a wheelchair user from Peterborough, said: “If I rent it out between 11pm and 7am I could make £160. That’s not bad. I assume there are millions of people who want to rent a wheelchair in the middle of night.
“And it usually takes me about half an hour to have a shit, so there’s another tenner.
“Who is Lord Freud and why hasn’t he been promoted?”