A group of former Remploy staff met Rachel in Wakefield last week to explain how difficult life has become since the local Remploy factories closed eighteenth months ago. Remploy offers specialist services to disabled people to find and keep rewarding jobs. Since the factories’ closure, some have failed to find paid work, despite a commitment by Jobcentre Plus to support them in finding alternative employment. But some have set up a cooperative and have won contracts previously held by Remploy.
‘It is disappointing to hear that so many disabled people in Wakefield and beyond are still out of work years after the closure of the Remploy factories’, Rachel said. ‘This government pledged to support former Remploy workers to find new work but there’s been little progress here in Wakefield. We should be doing more to find disabled people rewarding jobs in the mainstream economy’.