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perhaps it would have been better to campaign to keep Remploy at least until general unemployment was below a decent threshold

In some respects, this has been happening in Wales in terms of politicians, Remploy and unions trying to secure alternatives (social enterprise, "Remploy Wales") but the 7 factories to be closed here made a loss of £7m last year between them.  Not a gap the Welsh Government can fill and no funds will be passed over to Wales to support our factories.

BBC News - Remploy closures: Devolution idea for Welsh factories rejected

The UK government has again rejected a request to devolve responsibility to the Welsh government for Remploy factories which are set to close.

In the House of Lords, Labour peer Lord Touhig raised the Welsh government's offer to take over the budget with UK government whip Lord de Mauley.

The timing is absolutely appalling and the Sayce Review has been heavily criticised for recommending the closure of the factories.  Liz Sayce is a high profile disability rights campaigner and the Government has quite happily hijacked the aspirations for genuine mainstreaming of employment opportunities to suit their agenda.

The reality is, even when employment rates were higher before the crisis, the world of work wasn't inclusive very often. There is no real political push to actually recognise the situation and invest in the infrastructure needed to make a real difference for disabled people trying to access the labour market.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 15th, 2012 at 12:45:43 PM EST
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