Glimmer of Hope for Remploy Chesterfield

Staff at a Chesterfield firm faced with the threat of closure have been offered a glimmer of hope after campaigners forced the government into another u-turn.

Toby Perkins MP

Toby Perkins MP

Remploy is a government-owned company with a special mandate for employing disabled people. It runs 54 factories across the UK, including one at Whittington Moor in Chesterfield which manufactures bespoke footwear for people with podiatry requirements.

Of the 36 Remploy factories originally earmarked for closure, 27 will still be closed – causing over 1,400 redundancies, but the government has announced plans to investigate private organisations making bids for 9 of the factories including Chesterfield.

Chesterfield MP, Toby Perkins, who has met with the government Minister responsible for the future of Remploy, potential buyers and raised the matter in parliament said: “I was shocked and appalled when the government announced earlier this year that they would be shutting the Remploy factories.

“It beggars belief that the Lib Dems and Conservatives in government have chosen the height of recession to sack more than a thousand disabled workers.”

Mr Perkins added: “It’s good news that the government have realised the folly of their decision regarding the Chesterfield factory. I’ll be working with the government to ensure that the factory is saved and that the new owner runs the organisation in the spirit of Remploy: providing opportunity for those with a disability and to help those with long-term barriers into mainstream employment.”

 

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