More than 1,700 disabled professionals are set to face redundancy in the near future after the government decided to cut funding available to the state-owned Remploy.
The Conservative-Liberal Democrat alliance has today (March 8th) confirmed its intention to close as many as 36 of the 54 organisation's factories across the country before the end of 2012.
Remploy - which partners with companies such as BT, Sainsbury's and Royal Bank of Scotland - is currently Britain's largest specialist employer of disabled people and has more than 2,400 members of staff in the UK.
The coalition has revealed it is to withdraw its £68 million annual subsidy for this programme on the grounds that it feels this budget would be better spent elsewhere in encouraging firms to take on disabled workers.
However, Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, labelled the decision "barbaric" and said it represented a "new low" for the government.
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Posted by Francesca Witney