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House of Lords written question – answered on 15th October 2012.

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Photo of Baroness Turner of Camden Baroness Turner of Camden Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following the Paralympics, they will reconsider their decision to close certain Remploy factories.

Photo of Lord Freud Lord Freud The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

In 2010-11, a fifth of the entire budget for specialist disability employment was spent on supporting disabled people in Remploy factories at a cost of £25,000 per year per factory worker. In these economically difficult times it is more important than ever that the Government's disability employment programmes represent value for money and work effectively for disabled people.

The £320 million budget for specialist employment support is being protected, but by spending it more effectively we can support thousands more disabled people into work. That is why we accepted the recommendation from disability expert Liz Sayce to focus support on individuals through services like Access to Work rather than institutions like Remploy, so more disabled people can work in mainstream employment rather than segregated factories

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Kevin Hepworth
Posted on 16 Oct 2012 11:21 am (Report this annotation)

This ignores the 1800 disadvantaged trainees that pass through Remploy each year, also the 1200 able bodied employees, mainly higher paid employees at that, so the true cost per head is significantly lower. Also if not paid an average of £4000 bonus to 450 managers @ a cost of £1.8million pounds would greatly reduce the cost per head.