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More Remploy redundancies planned


Friday December 7th 2012

Hundreds more disabled workers at Remploy factories are at risk of losing their jobs under fresh closure plans, the Government has announced.

A further 875 employees, including 682 disabled people, have been told they face compulsory redundancy.

Ministers announced earlier this year that a number of Remploy factories would close, arguing that the budget for disabled employment services could be spent more effectively.

Thirty-four factories have ceased operations since then and are in the process of closing, but the future of a further 18 sites remained unclear.

Some of the factories have the potential to move out of Government-funded support, but others are set to close, ministers said.

A Department for Work and Pensions spokesman said: "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."

Phil Davies of the GMB union said: "This is devastating news for the disabled workers in Remploy and gives the lie to the Chancellor's claim in his Autumn Statement yesterday that the vulnerable would be taken care of by the Government."

Copyright Press Association 2012

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