Chesterfield factory workers back in employment

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Hundreds of former Remploy workers have found other jobs or are in training after taking up a Government employment support package, ministers have said.

More than 200 disabled people who used to work at Remploy factories have found work and 240 are being retrained.

The factories closed after the Government opted to spend money on helping disabled workers into mainstream employment rather than running factories.

The Remploy factory in Chesterfield was one of those which closed, but it is one of four to have have reopened as going concerns, with many original members of staff being taken on.

Esther McVey, minister for disabled people, said: “Disabled people should have exactly the same choices as everyone else in the world of work.

“That is why we have protected the budget, but we are using the money more effectively to support more of the 6.9 million disabled people of working age into mainstream jobs.

“I know this is a tough time for ex-Remploy workers, which is why we are doing everything we can to help them with an £8 million employment package which has clearly started to take effect.”

About 500 ex-workers affected by the Remploy closures either decided to retire or did not take up the offer of the employment support package, according to the Department for Work and Pensions.