– Department for Work and Pensions
We have also been clear from the start that we have protected the £320 million budget for disability employment services. But we are following the advice of disability expert Liz Sayce to use the money more effectively to get more disabled people into mainstream jobs - the same as everyone else.
All disabled employees affected by the changes will be guaranteed tailored support from an £8 million package, including a personal case worker, to help with the transition into mainstream employment.
The Department of Work and Pensions says it is trying to safeguard as many jobs as possible:
- At risk of redundancy are 875 employees across 15 Remploy factory sites and 34 CCTV sites
- The factorybusinesses lost around £50m last year
- Remploy Employment Services found 50,000 jobs for disabledand disadvantaged people since 2010 many with similar disabilities to those in Remploy factories
Today's announcement of 875 compulsory redundancies comes after an announcement earlier this year that a number of Remploy factories would close:
- 34 factories have ceased operations since then and are in the process of closing
- The future of a further 18 sites remained unclear
- Some of the factories have the potential to move out of Government-funded support, but others are set to close
A further 875 employees are at risk of losing their jobs at Remploy factories. The figure announced by the Government includes 682 disabled workers.