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Adapted Vehicle Hire News Updates: Welsh government to help ex-Remploy workers

The Welsh government has announced a scheme to help disabled Remploy workers who are losing their jobs through factory closures.

Disabilities Minister, Maria Miller, announced last week 27 factories would close, making 1,421 disabled workers unemployed, because the UK government believes the £320m budget for disabled employment services could be spent more effectively.

Leighton Andrews, Minister for Education, announced the £2.4m scheme awarding subsidies to Welsh firms that employ former Remploy workers for at least four years. The Employer Support Grant will contribute wages and other reasonable costs that come from employing a disabled worker.

Mr Andrews said: “This Welsh government believes employment and dignity should not be a privilege. So we have acted swiftly to support the workers who face unemployment.

“We have been working with local authorities, social enterprises, supported businesses and private sector businesses to identify potential employment opportunities.”

Elsewhere in the country, Ian Lucas, Wrexham MP, has written a letter to government pushing for an explanation as to why a private sector bid for Wrexham’s Remploy factory was rejected and disabled workers at Clydebank’s Remploy base are to strike over fears their factory will close.

In other news, Team GB wheelchair rugby captain, Steve Brown, has told The Telegraph he is “concentrating on doing my country proud,” in the forthcoming Paralympics.

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