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Toby Perkins (Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills); Chesterfield, Labour)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether, if a suitable business case could be demonstrated, Remploy factory sites would be allowed to recruit apprentices.

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Maria Miller (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions; Basingstoke, Conservative)

Policies on recruitment of apprentices is the responsibility of Remploy as a NDPB. Any recruitment business cases from Remploy that demonstrate the need to appoint apprentices are considered on their merits.

You will now be aware of my announcement on 7 March 2012 regarding the Government's intention to support the implementation of the Sayce Review recommendations. It is therefore not appropriate for me to comment further on any Remploy factory related issues at this time.

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grey man
Posted on 26 Apr 2012 5:29 pm (Report this annotation)

It costs more to close the sites than to keep them open. The civil servants at the DWP have planned this conspiracy for many years waiting for a government who is stupid enough to fall for it! I just read a comment of 'Would you kick a cripple?' well don't let the governed do it for you - a crude analysis but true. The cost to insure the pension scheme benefits alone is £650 million, the cost of benefits to keep a disabled single person at home is between £10,250 and £17,000 without the additional costs of carers and NHS bills. Does that sound like a government that knows what it is doing? The last Voluntary Redundancy round cost the taxpayer £30 million.Get Labour back in power, at least they weren't vicious and they offered a lifeline. Why not just streamline Remploy Factories and save jobs? There is so much that could be done but instead we save greedy bankers and prop up other countries instead of our own first.

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