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UK Government refuses devolved Remploy budget

Raymond Lonsdale has worked at Remploy in Wrexham for 9 years Photo: ITV News Wales

The UK Government has said "no" to giving the Welsh Government control over funding for Remploy here in Wales. Ministers in Cardiff Bay say they're looking at ways of securing a future for the 7 factories out of 9 Welsh factories that are earmarked for closure.

Surprise talks were held on Tuesday between UK Disabilities Minister, Maria Miller MP, and Skills Minister, Leighton Andrews AM. Mr Andrews says he was disappointed but will continue to fight for Remploy jobs.

Maria Miller MP has told our Political Editor Adrian Masters that the Westminster Government is fully committed to getting more disabled people into mainstream employment.

Nearly three hundred disabled workers at factories across Wales were told last week that their jobs are set to disappear, with seven of the nine sites across Wales due to be shut down.

Raymond Lonsdale works at Remploy's Wrexham factory, which is one of those earmarked for closure. He says that some of those losing their jobs could spend the rest of their lives on benefits.

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