Remploy plants to close in drive to `integrate’ staff

At least 12 of contract manufacturer Remploy’s 88 factories look likely to close after the Government refused to increase the overall subsidy for its plants – staffed by disabled workers – from £94m. The Government insists it is not freezing help for the disabled. However, it said it would concentrate on placing disabled people in […]

At least 12 of contract manufacturer Remploy’s 88 factories look likely to close after the Government refused to increase the overall subsidy for its plants – staffed by disabled workers – from £94m.

The Government insists it is not freezing help for the disabled. However, it said it would concentrate on placing disabled people in mainstream jobs – for example working in call centres. `We need to get away from the patronising notion that the disabled just work for Remploy,’ a spokeswoman said.

Opportunities for People with Disabilities was ambivalent on the change. A spokesman welcomed the plan, but was sceptical as to its implementation.

`If somebody told me to work in a call centre, I don’t think I would find it an attractive idea,’ he said.

The move could mean more than 1,000 job losses at Remploy’s plants.