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Job loss fears at Blackburn's Remploy factory
A FACTORY that gives work to disabled people in Blackburn will close.
Remploy yesterday announced that a failure to sell its furniture business meant it would be closing its factory in the town, as well as those in Sheffield, and Neath.
At its site, in Bank Top, Blackburn, 18 jobs are at risk of compulsory redundancy, 17 of which are held by disabled people.
It comes less than two months after the firm announced it was closing its Burnley site after receiving ‘no viable bids’ for its packaging business.
In a statement, the firm said: “The board has determined that no viable business bids were received for the furniture business and, as a result, it will close, and all its factories will now move to closure.”
The Government said last year it would reduce its subsidy to Remploy, following an independent review conducted by Liz Sayce, chief executive of Disability Rights UK, which recommended that government funding should focus on support for individuals, rather than subsidising factory businesses.
Mill Hill councillor Damian Talbot said: “It is really sad.
“It has provided important employment over the past 70 years, and a lot of work has gone into keeping a Remploy factory in Blackburn.
“It is really disappointing and the Government should be supporting disabled people,” he added.
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