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Changes to Remploy feared

Changes to Remploy feared  

There are growing concerns that Remploy may close many of its factories across the country if it loses vital Government funding.

Funding currently comes from the Department of Work and Pensions which gives £63m in support which works out at around £23,000 a year for every employee – this figure, and the cost is however subject to interpretation.

However, ministers are considering radical changes to the way the firm is funded after the government-commissioned Sayce review said,

“government funding should be invested in effective support for individuals, rather than subsidising factory businesses”.

The review also recommended the closure of factories which were “not viable”.

Public consultation on the Sayce Report is now closed and the Department of Work and Pensions is beginning to read through the responses before the Minister for Disabled People, Maria Miller.

No final decision has been reached but she has already said she is “attracted” to its recommendations whilst insisting that the consultation is meaningful.

Click here for the Sayce report

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