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Minister for Disabled People questioned on Remploy factory closures

18 March 2013

The Scottish Affairs Committee holds a short inquiry into the proposed sale or closure of the two Remploy factories in Fife, at Leven and Cowdenbeath.

Following on from the oral evidence session held on Wednesday 13 March, The Committee will now take evidence from the Minister for Disabled people and the Chairman of the Board for Remploy.

Remploy is a government owned company that provides employment opportunities for people with disabilities and “complex barriers to work”. In March 2012, the Government announced its intention to reduce and ultimately withdraw funding for Remploy. 36 factory sites were proposed for closure in phase 1 between March and July 2012 and only 2 of those have survived. Phase 2 of the sales closure process started in January 2013 for the remaining 18 factories.

With the initial deadline for bids looming at the end of March the Committee is holding this short inquiry to explore the wider consequences of the different options for Remploy in Fife.

Witness

Thursday 21 March

At 2.30pm in Committee Room 6, Palace of Westminster

  • Esther McVey MP, Minister for Disabled People
  • Jeremy Moore, Director for Disability and Work Opportunities, Department of Work and Pensions
  • Ian Russell CBE, Chairman of the Board, Remploy

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