Welsh ministers 'opposed Remploy closures from start'

The Welsh Government has released a statement following an announcement from the Department for Work & Pensions that 140 Remploy jobs are at risk in Wales.

We have made it clear we do not believe that closing the factories will improve the lives of disabled people and we will be discussing our objections to DWP's announcement as a matter of urgency.

We have sought to alleviate the impact of closures by introducing a programme of support to help displaced Remploy workers in Wales to find alternative, suitable employment. The programme has already proven to be successful, with a total of 97 employment opportunities already identified, approved and recruitment underway with 26 employers across a range of business sectors.

– Welsh Government spokesperson

The Welsh Government has this morning asked the Minister for Disabled People Esther McVey to devolve the funding, assets, land, buildings and contracts of the two remaining Remploy factories in Wales to the Welsh Government in order to create a viable social enterprise.

The Minister for Education and Skills Leighton Andrews discussed this in a telephone conversation with Ms McVey this morning.

– Welsh Government spokesperson

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Remploy jobs under threat

Around 140 Remploy workers could face redundancy in a fresh wave of planned factory closures. The UK Government says the budget for disabled employment services could be spent more effectively.