Remploy seeks answer

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NEWS of closure for Glasgow’s Remploy factory is compounding anxiety for workers in Leven.

The 65-strong workforce at Banbeath, which make marine safety aids, is still waiting for an announcement over its future.

Central Fife MP Lindsay Roy said he has written once again to Esther McVey, the Minister for Disabled People, seeking answers.

He commented: “We were previously told such an announcement would be forthcoming in the late autumn, but we are now well into the winter and nothing has been said.

“It is hugely disappointing that there has been no outcome and, coupled with the news that the Remploy factory in Glasgow is to close, this is causing yet more stress and anxiety for the workforce.”

Earlier this year, the Government acted on the controversial Sayce report, which recommended that disabled workers would be better served in mainstream employment, rather than in a supported environment such as Remploy.

Yet figures obtained by Mr Roy recently revealed just three per cent of the workers who lost their jobs as a result of closure have found new ‘mainstream’ work.

Mr Roy said: “I have every confidence that the Leven factory and its sister factory in Cowdenbeath is a viable business.

“They are truly dedicated and totally committed to what they do, and it is completely wrong that they are being kept in the dark about their future.”