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Women and Equalities written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Jim Sheridan Jim Sheridan Labour, Paisley and Renfrewshire North

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.

Photo of Maria Miller Maria Miller The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

I have been asked to reply.

The Government consultation on the recommendations of the Sayce report closed on 17 October 2011, and nearly 1400 responses were received. It will take time to analyse the consultation responses in detail and carefully consider the implications for future policy. We will publish a summary of responses received and a statement on future policy as soon as practicably possible.

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.

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