Minister announces review of Remploy

A review of Remploy Ltd will look at how to open up more employment opportunities for disabled people, the minister for disabled people Anne McGuire announced today.

The review will look at how Remploy operates and suggest ways to both improve the opportunities for the 9,000 disabled people it presently supports and provide better value for money. It follows the publication of a report by the National Audit Office (NAO) last autumn that recognised that some of Remploy’s factory businesses were not financially sustainable.

Launching the review Anne McGuire said: “Since its creation in 1945 Remploy has made a major contribution to improving employment opportunities for disabled people – but 60 years on it needs to change. As we break down the barriers to equal employment opportunities for disabled people, we need to give people the chance to be integrated into mainstream workplaces wherever possible.

“The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has continued to increase funding for Remploy year on year but, as the NAO point out, this is just not sustainable. It makes no sense for costs to go on spiralling without producing the best results for disabled people.”

The review will be put out to tender to independent expert advice and will be seeking the views of key stakeholders.

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