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Remploy recycling site hit by government closure plans

One of three WEEE recycling facilities run by Remploy is facing closure.

The Government is to cut funding to the state-owned company that provides employment to disabled people, forcing the closure of 36 factories it says are not commercially viable.

Remploy’s Preston electronics recycling facility, which employs 16 disabled and 2 non-disabled people, is among those under threat.

Minister for disabled people Maria Miller said: “We have been absolutely clear that the £320m budget for specialist disability employment services has been protected. But by spending the money more effectively, we can get thousands more disabled people in work.

“That is why we have accepted the recommendation from the Sayce Review to refocus support on individuals through services like Access to Work, rather than institutions like Remploy, so more disabled people can work in mainstream employment rather than Government-funded segregated factories.”

Phil Davies, national secretary for GMB union members at Remploy, said: “This decision to sack 1,752 people in 36 Remploy factories across the country is one of the worst decisions that this discredited coalition government has taken since coming to office.

“Thousands of disabled workers will now pay with their jobs for the incompetence of this government and other public sector bodies that did not take advantage of EU procurement rules that allow supported manufacturing jobs for disabled workers. These factories have lacked support for years and have never been properly loaded with enough work to make them economically viable.”

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