Disabled factory staff face uncertainty

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REMPLOY workers at a specialised Chesterfield factory for disabled staff are facing an uncertain future with fears of closure after the Government is awaiting the outcome of an independent report.

The Government’s Department for Work and Pensions confirmed an independent review on disabled working practices has recommended integrated employment with able-bodied staff as opposed to special work places for disabled staff only like Remploy factories.

Remploy, which helps disabled people back into work, runs specialised factories purely for the disabled including a Chesterfield footwear factory, at Whittington Moor.

A DWP spokesman said: “The review is looking at the support people can get in coming back to work and it recommends a more integrated way of supporting disabled people.”

The DWP said there has been no decision to close any Remploy factories down and following a consultation any final decision would be made by Remploy which the Government continues to fund.

Remploy, which rolled out a voluntary redundancy programme earlier in the year at its factories nationwide including Chesterfield, declined to comment on the latest development.

The independent review has been led by Liz Sayce, of disability group RADAR.