Norwich Remploy, based Sackville Place, off Magdalen Road, who provide services to help disabled people into work is set to close. Speaking in the European Parliament Euro MP Alex Mayer will say the Government has let Remploy down and that she is very dismayed that experienced employment coaches are expected to lose their jobs.
Four years ago when Norwich’s Remploy factory shut, the Department for Work and Pensions said “funding should be focused on helping disabled people into mainstream jobs”. Remploy in Norwich did as asked by the Government and today are helping people with disabilities to find and keep mainstream jobs. What they do works. However the DWP’s work programme is being replaced by much smaller work and health programme and funding has been slashed by around three quarters.
Ms Mayer who visited the organisation last week will say in Parliament: “The Government have gone back on their word."
She says: “Last week I saw Remploy’s “tree of success” decorated with the names of people they had helped into work. They told me about Milo who secured a full time job working on Cromer pier and Brandon who was hired for a job and said "I never thought I would be truly independent but with the help of Remploy and Project SEARCH, I now feel I have a future.
“Sadly it looks likely Remploy in Norwich will close as the cuts bite, while across the U.K. firms are being forced to abandon the welfare to work sector and experienced employment coaches are expected to lose their jobs.
“The government talk warm words about helping disabled people into work. But it is high time they put their money where their mouth is.”
Local helper John Graves who has been volunteering at Remploy Norwich since July said “It would be a real shame if this office were to close next year, they have helped so many people since I have been here. Remploy is a life saver.”