Monday, 21 May 2018 05:12


The minister responsible for closing Remploy factories and then privatising the service is overseeing a new threat to disabled workers – with a scheme supporting more than 600 disabled people in Scotland set to close. 

Esther McVey – who oversaw the closure of Remploy factories while disability minister then sold it off when Employment Minister – is now DWP Secretary of State and planning to means test employment support currently offered under the protected places scheme, which offers subsidies to employers who take on disabled staff. 

One source told the Times that “those 660 jobs are in jeopardy.”

The Scottish Government last month announced £1 million of new funding to support disabled people into work. 

SNP MSP Gillian Martin commented:

“After closing Remploy factories in her old post and seeing thousands made redundant, it seems Esther McVey wants to finish the job and put even more disabled people out of work. 

“It’s a disgrace that once again disabled workers risk being forced out of their jobs by an uncaring Tory government. 

“And at a time when the Scottish Government are actively trying to support more disabled people into work, we’re once again left with one hand tied behind our backs.”

Hundreds may lose jobs amid means testing for disabled

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