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The 27 Remploy factories which will close are:
Acton, Ashington, Barking, Birkenhead, Bolton, Cleator Moor, Gateshead, Leeds, Leicester, Manchester, Newcastle, North London, North Staffs.
Oldham, Penzance, Pontefract, Preston, Southampton, Spennymoor, Wigan, Worksop, Aberdare, Abertillery, Merthyr Tydfil, Swansea, Wrexham and Wishaw, Boston Spa.
In a statement the Department for Work and Pensions said: "We have been absolutely clear that the £320 million budget for specialist disability employment services has been protected. But by spending the money more effectively, we can support thousands more disabled people in work.
That is why we accepted the recommendation from disability expert Liz Sayce, to focus support on individuals through services like Access to Work, rather than institutions like Remploy, so more disabled people can work in mainstream employment rather than segregated factories."
Maria Miller, the minister for disabled people, told MPs that the £320 million budget for disabled employment services could be spent more effectively:
The Government has confirmed the closure of 27 Remploy factories which employ disabled workers. It says the money can be spent more effectively.
Latest ITV News reports
While a leading disability charity backs the shutdown, strike action against Government closures of 27 factories reveals a complex issue.
Disabled worker Neil Pearce said the shutdown of half of the company's factories across the UK is a "cop out" by the Government.