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Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to news that Ministers are set to close at least 10 more Remploy factories and a further five have been put at risk, said:
 
“This is a shameful act from a contemptuous government. A day after the Autumn Statement in which the claimant count was revised up, David Cameron and Iain Duncan Smith have thrown out of work almost 1,000 disabled workers.

“Iain Duncan Smith didn’t even have the nerve to come to Parliament to tell MPs face to face. Instead he chose to hide in his office while he was putting disabled workers out of a job. He ought to be ashamed of himself.

“Iain Duncan Smith is the minister who said that Remploy workers did nothing better than sit around drinking cups of coffee. Now, in a final act of contempt he has sacked almost all of them, despite knowing that 90% of those who lost their jobs in the last closures are still out of work.
 
“We say loud and clear this round of closures must stop. David Cameron's government is failing to get disabled workers back into jobs. The Work Programme is worse than doing nothing. This closure plan must stop until there’s a plan that works to get disabled workers back into jobs.”

Ten factories are proposed for closure:
Clydebank
Burnley
Dundee
Heywood
Huddersfield
Norwich
Portsmouth
Porth
Stirling
Sunderland.
 
Three factories face significant restructuring. All staff are at risk of redundancy:
Neath
Blackburn
Sheffield.
 
Two factories are not saleable as a going concern. All staff are at risk of redundancy:
Leven
Cowdenbeath.

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