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Thursday 6th December 2012 | 13:18
SNP press release
Reacting to the announcement from Remploy that they intend to close factories in Clydebank, Stirling and Dundee, with all staff facing redundancy, the SNP has condemned the ‘callous’ attitude of the UK Government in forcing disabled workers onto the dole – despite claiming to be trying to help people who can work into work.
Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford, who raised the issue at First Minister’s Questions, said:
“Another day, another round of closures – this is dreadfully sad news for the workers and their families, and it could have been avoided.
“Let’s remember that closing these factories is completely at odds with the UK Government’s stated aims in their welfare cutting agenda.
“They claim to be trying to support people who can work into work. Remploy does exactly that – but now the Tories are allowing the factories to be closed, and they are forcing disabled workers onto the dole – knowing full well how incredibly difficult it will be for them to find jobs in the current climate.
“At a time of economic uncertainty, and when the change from Disability Living Allowance to Personal Independence Payments will leave claimants in Scotland £250m worse off, the callous attitude of the UK Government is frankly unforgivable.”