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Changes to Remploy feared  

There are growing concerns that Remploy may close many of its factories across the country if it loses vital Government funding.

Funding currently comes from the Department of Work and Pensions which gives £63m in support which works out at around £23,000 a year for every employee – this figure, and the cost is however subject to interpretation.

However, ministers are considering radical changes to the way the firm is funded after the government-commissioned Sayce review said,

“government funding should be invested in effective support for individuals, rather than subsidising factory businesses”.

The review also recommended the closure of factories which were “not viable”.

Public consultation on the Sayce Report is now closed and the Department of Work and Pensions is beginning to read through the responses before the Minister for Disabled People, Maria Miller.

No final decision has been reached but she has already said she is “attracted” to its recommendations whilst insisting that the consultation is meaningful.

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Sayce report: Getting in, Staying in and Getting on

Maria Miller MP, Minister for Disabled People launched the Department for Work and Pensions Review of existing provisions to help disabled people back into work. 

Liz Sayce, Chief Executive of RADAR chaired the review said:

“I am recommending empowering disabled people and employers by opening up Access to Work, widening access to information and peer support and ensuring support can go with the individual, from job to job, equipping disabled people for the economy of today and tomorrow.  Young people do not expect a job for life – so we need to design support that can go with the individual, from job to job.”

 

The Sayce report has a strong focus on equality and the economy as support for disabled people via Access to Work initiatives would not only bridge the gap between those with disabilities’ and non-disabled people’s career choices but would also improve the national economy by £13 billion.

 

Each pound spent on Access to Work recoups £1.48 to the public coffers.

 

Maria Miller MP explained;

“This review is about spending money differently, not cutting it.  The amount of money going into employment services for disabled people is already being protected. 

 

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A cross-government ministerial group will be introduced to steer the report’s findings and drive policy on employment for disabled people.

 

The core principles of the Sayce’s report are:

  •  Employment matters. Work is positive for health, for income, for social status and for relationships. Employment is a core plank of independent living and for many people work is a key part of their identity.
  • Public money should be used to deliver the best outcomes – for as many people as possible, on the most equitable basis possible.
  • There should be a clear recognition of the role of the individual, the employer and the State in achieving equality for disabled people.
  •  Disabled people should have choice and control over the support we need to work. Resources and power should be allocated to individuals who, where they wish, have the right to control that resource to achieve agreed outcomes.
  • There is a clear role for specialist disability employment expertise – as a resource not a world apart from mainstream support – available to those who demonstrably have the greatest support needs and/or labour market disadvantage, and also to those who support or employ them.

 

The consultation period ran from 2nd December to 28th February 2011.  Among the report’s contributors was leading learning disability charity, Mencap, whose Chief Executive Mike Goldring CBE welcomed the review:

“We can do much more to help people with disabilities into work in a way that directly benefits them and the wider society. Less than 10% of people with a learning disability are currently employed but we know that most want to. With modest help it is possible for many more people to work in open employment alongside their non disabled colleagues. This is the way that policy and practice should take us.”

 

Read the Report here:

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Kuki Taylor

Research and Communications Officer

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