Jim McGovern  ‘disappointed’ by Scottish Government Remploy announcement        

18 December 2012

Dundee West MP Jim McGovern has today called the Scottish Government announcement in the Scottish Parliament about the future of Remploy ‘disappointing’.

The SNP administration pledged to give employers cash incentives to take on those made redundant as a result of the UK government’s decision to close the historic organisation.

The pledge however falls far short of those made by the Labour administration in Wales, which not only has pledged more money for longer to employers taking on former Remploy staff, but they have also called on the Department for Work and Pensions to allow the devolved government to buy a number of the factories in order to secure their future.

In Wales the Labour administration has committed to cover up to 75% of the wage costs for a company, or 100% for a public body, who opt to take on one of the former Remploy employees for up to four years.

The Scottish Government however have committed only to give £5,000 for 18 months for each employee taken on.

No mention was made by the Scottish Government of plans advocated by Labour to ensure that Scottish public sector procurement procedures would be changed so that Remploy would become a preferred supplier.

Jim McGovern said,

“While the extra incentives are welcome, the separatists have fallen far short of what their rhetoric promised during this process.”

“They have fallen far short of the steps taken by the Labour administration in Wales to provide more money for longer to employers taking on former Remploy staff, and the SNP have failed to follow the Welsh example, who are actively working toward trying to keep factories open.”

“Remploy in Dundee and across Scotland have been badly let down by heartless Tories in Westminster and complacent separatists in Holyrood, both of whom have failed to do the right thing by the hard-working staff.”

Mr McGovern concluded,

“Labour in Dundee will continue to work with the factory to explore potential avenues that could mean a future for the factory, a future that the UK and Scottish governments have chosen to not provide for them.”

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