The Department for Work and Pensions says Remploy will invite expressions of interest to take over the running of the remaining factories from today.
Our priority throughout this process is to safeguard jobs, which is why we are offering a wage subsidy of up to £6,400 per disabled employee to encourage interested parties to come forward.
We have also been clear from the start that we have protected the £320 million budget for disability employment services.
– Department for Work and Pensions
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.