Another Remploy Factory to Close
- 27 Nov
Remploy, who provide employment opportunities for disabled people, is to close it's Glasgow factory with the loss of 46 jobs.
The company had been negotiating a possible sale of the Springburn site, but said it had been unable to agree a deal with the preferred bidder.
Dozens of Remploy factories are closing under UK government plans to switch spending to help individual workers.
In a statement, Remploy said the Springburn site had been earmarked for closure in March after being assessed as "not being commercially viable".
The firm said:
As part of its efforts to avoid compulsory redundancies Remploy sought bids for the Springburn factory as part of the Healthcare business.
On 18 September Remploy announced that it was in talks with R Link Ltd and we had hoped that as a result of this the factory would remain open and that there would be continuing employment for people on this site.
R Link has now informed us that despite best efforts by them and Remploy, it has not been possible to agree a sale of the Springburn business.
The statement said as there were no other viable bidders, the Springburn site would now be closed and all staff remain at risk of redundancy.
Remploy said it had been advised by R Link that it was in discussions with Haven Social Enterprise about future despatch work of wheelchairs.
It said R Link had indicated that some Springburn staff "may have the opportunity of applying for jobs that are offered by Haven".
Remploy said it would now enter into individual consultation with staff at Springburn.
Phil Brannon, GMB union official at the Springburn site, said the closure decision was "a disgrace".
We were told about this earlier and are absolutely disgusted and horrified.
The whole process has been an absolute disgrace from the beginning.
Staff here feel extremely angry. We've been deserted by government and betrayed by the company.
Mr Brannon also questioned why wheelchair assembly and dispatch work at Springburn may be "outsourced" to Haven, as the work could have been completed by staff at Springburn and could have saved some jobs.
Source: BBC News
Image source: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1211448
- 10 Sep
Young people with learning disabilities more likely to be abused
A group of children’s charities have said that young people with disabilities have the “same vulnerabilities” as all young people but face extra “barriers” to getting protection or support,...
- 07 Sep
Success for a disability sport programme
The programme ran for three weeks and included multi-sport camps at Aberdeen Sports Village, reports the Mearns Leader. Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee...
- 21 Jul
Hartlepool to open a disability centre
Work has begun on the Hartlepool Borough Council project which aims to provide the Centre for Independent Living on the site of the current Havelock Centre in Burbank, reports The Hartlepool Mail.It...
- 14 Jul
Reform for care of adults with learning disabilities criticised for being slow
Following the care home abuse scandal at Winterbourne, Sir Stephen Bubb headed a review into care home abuse, which was published in November, reports the BBC.England's chief nursing officer said...
- 18 Jun
Campaigners warn that people with disabilities are losing rights due to government cuts
Charities are concerned that the rights of people with learning disabilities to live independent lives are slipping due to government cuts to benefits and social care, reports the Guardian. A letter...
- 11 Jun
Concern over disability benefits following council change
On the 30th of June a £500m Independent Living Fund will be in the control of local authorities, leaving people fearing how the benefit allowance for disabled adults will be affected, reports the...
- 21 May
Victims of disability hate crime are being let down
Police, prosecutors and probations services have failed to bring in need change over the past two years, a report by the Criminal Justice Inspectorate has found, reports the BBC.The CPS, police and...
- 08 May
New initiative to support young people with disabilities
Liberty Staffordshire Community Interest Company have been developed to maximise opportunities for young people due to growing concern they could be left isolated following the withdrawal of...
- 05 May
How technology is helping people with disabilities
At the exhibit people presented all-terrain wheelchairs, adapted smartphone for people whose fingers can't cope with normal devices, wheelchairs that allow the user to become level with the people...
- 01 May
Charities call for action on accessible housing
Leonard Cheshire Disability charity has told The Yorkshire Post that the lack of housing which is accessible for people with disabilities must become and election issue and is calling for the...
What are the Future Funding Arrangements for Supported and Sheltered Housing? "Information on Exempt Accommodation & DWP Review was very informative, but also commend your approach in delivering workshops/conferences in a proactive way, and use of email and your website as a public resource" P.C. - The Hyde Group