Disabled people to lose jobs under proposed Remploy factory closures

More than 1700 workers, including 1518 disabled people, may lose their jobs if plans to close 36 of Remploy’s 54 factories go ahead.

The firm's factories at Bridgend, Bolton, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Poole and Swansea are among those at risk. Remploy is a Government-owned and subsidised company set up to provide a sheltered environment for people with disabilities. It is the nation’s largest specialist employer of disabled people. Minister for disabled people Maria Miller said Remploy had tabled plans to close the sites by the end of the year as they were not financially viable. Savings gained from the factory closures will be used on "proven employment programmes" to benefit "many more" disabled people, Ms Miller said.