Remploy staff aid package planned
A support package to help meet the needs of disabled workers losing their jobs at Remploy factories is being drawn up by the Scottish Government.
Ministers and MSPs are angry at the way sites across the country are being shut after a decision by the UK Government in March to withdraw financial support.
At the start of the year, there were nine Remploy factories in Scotland. Motherwell, Aberdeen and Edinburgh sites have since closed.
It was announced on Monday that a site at Springburn in Glasgow will also close.
Remploy was set up in 1945 to provide "sheltered employment" and training for disabled ex-servicemen, but has gone on to provide long-term work.
Enterprise minister Fergus Ewing outlined the SNP administration's aim during an appearance before MSPs on Holyrood's Equal Opportunities Committee.
"I'm sympathetic to calls for additional support," he said.
"Later today I will advise Parliament that I've asked my officials to develop a model of support in Scotland.
"Full legal and technical details remain to be agreed but I hope to bring a full proposal to Parliament before Christmas."
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