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To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what estimate she has made of the cost of maintaining the Remploy factory networks and keeping employment services in the public sector for the next 18 years; and what estimate she has made of the cost of closing the Remploy pension scheme.
I have been asked to reply.
The Government consultation on the recommendations of the Sayce report closed on
Importantly, the Government have not made any decisions on these points and sought views through the consultation, by encouraging the widest possible range of people and organisations to respond, including people who work for Remploy or on behalf of its employees in particular.
The future costs of Remploy are dependent on the future policy decisions. Therefore it is not possible to estimate running costs over an 18-month period. The Government funding to Remploy in 2009-10 was £129.95 million. The Remploy accounts for 2010-11 will be published shortly.