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Three Remploy factories in the Midlands to close

Twenty-seven Remploy factories to close in the UK Photo: PA

The Government today confirmed the closure of 27 factories employing disabled workers, including three in the Midlands, saying the loss-making sites could not be subsidised any longer.

Remploy factories in Leicester, Worksop and North Staffordshire will be among the 27 which union sources say will close between August and mid-December.

The Remploy factory in Chesterfield will remain open.

The minister for disabled people, Maria Miller, told MPs the £20 million budget for disabled employment services could be spent more effectively.

Workers at Remploy's 54 factories are due to stage two 24-hour strikes in protest at an earlier announcement of closures by the Government.

The GMB union said the strikes would go ahead despite today's announcement.

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