MP calls for a review into Sheffield factory subsidy refusal decision

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The date has been set for the closure a Sheffield factory.

Remploy, Brightside Lane, is to close on Thursday, October 31 – with the loss of 80 jobs.

The news has been met with dismay by Clive Betts, Sheffield South East MP, and the GMB union, which represents staff.

The factory, which makes furniture, was subject of a bid from East Yorkshire firm Claughtons, but it was rejected as the Government refused to offer a temporary subsidy.

Claughtons said the factory – which is losing £650,000 a month – would take three years to turn around.

Mr Betts has queried the Government’s decision, saying many staff will face long-term unemployment – at greater public cost than the subsidy Claughtons wanted.

He said: “I’d like the Government to review the decision over the Claughtons bid.”