Remploy factory to close as last-ditch appeal rejected

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EDINBURGH’S Remploy factory is to close later this week after an 11th hour appeal to save it was rejected.

MSPs met UK Minister for Disabled People, Esther McVey, and asked her to halt the closure of the factory, which employs 28 people.

Lothians Labour MSP Sarah Boyack said: “This was the final chance to make the case for Edinburgh Remploy workers but it has fallen on deaf ears. I share the concerns of trade unions that closure will simply isolate individuals and condemn them to life on benefits rather than in work.”

Edinburgh Pentlands SNP MSP Gordon MacDonald claimed it had been made impossible for Remploy to go out and find new business.

He said “The UK Government said that there was not enough business to keep the factory in Edinburgh going. I know from discussions that individual managers weren’t allowed to try and source work locally.”