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Hope for former Remploy site

Former Remploy workers in Wrexham will meet on Friday with a Stoke-based company to see whether there is a possibility they could get their jobs back.

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Wrexham Remploy factory could reopen

Former Remploy workers will meet on Friday with a Stoke-based company to see whether there is a possibility they could get their jobs back.

Disability Employment want to buy the Remploy site in Wrexham and provide work to those who lost their jobs when the factory closed in August.

The company claims that the Department of Work and Pensions is making the purchase difficult but the DWP says it is "keen for the factory's assets including fixtures and machinery to be used by social enterprise organisations, particularly where they may be used to support disabled people locally".

We are keen for the factory's assets including fixtures and machinery to be used by social enterprise organisations, particularly where they may be used to support disabled people locally. Anyone interested in bidding for these assets has been invited to put forward expressions of interest which will be assessed by Remploy, and DWP where appropriate to ensure we balance social value and value for the taxpayer.

– Spokesperson for the Department of Work and Pensions

It adds that any interest will be assessed by Remploy and itself to ensure the "balance" of social value and value for the taxpayer are met.

Over 30 workers who were made redundant will be joined by local MP Ian Lucas - who supports the bid - at Wrexham Guildhall.

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