Remploy Closures

Remploy is proposing to close 36 of its 54 factories with potential compulsory redundancies of more than 1,700 disabled workers, the Government has announced.

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Minister defends Remploy decision

Government minister Maria Miller has defended the "difficult but important"

decision to cut funding for Remploy.

Making an unscheduled statement in the Commons after outcry from MPs over the

move, Mrs Miller said the situation was "not sustainable".

The current system is not using the money that we have available most effectively. In these difficult economic times we have to look atthat very carefully."

– Maria Miller

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Potential Redundancies

Remploy will shortly begin consulting with unions on the proposed closure of the factories and on the potential compulsory redundancy of 1,752 people at the sites, most of them disabled workers.

Remploy said it would consider all measures to avoid redundancies during this period

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Remploy Closures

The Remploy board has put forward plans to close the 36 sites by the end of the year because they were unlikely to achieve independent financial viability. The chosen sites are yet to be announced.

The Government will reduce its current subsidy to Remploy from the beginning of the new financial year so that we cease funding factories which make significant losses year after year and restrict funding to those factories which might have a prospect of a viable future without Government subsidy.

– Minister for disabled people Maria Miller
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