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Remploy Wales Factories Figures Expected Today

March 13, 2012

UK ministers are to publish the financial details of Remploy factories set to close in Wales, threatening the jobs of 272 disabled people.

Minister for Disabled People Maria Miller said she was willing to work with the Welsh government to see if any of the seven sites could stay open.

But she has ruled out any further UK government subsidy.

Remploy sites were established in 1946 as part of the welfare state. Workers fear they will not find new jobs.

Staff at Remploy take on work including furniture making and recycling electrical appliances.

But most of the state-funded factories make a loss, and last week the UK government said seven sites in Wales would close, putting a total of 281 jobs at risk.

After a meeting with First Minister Carwyn Jones, Ms Miller said a study by accountants KPMG into the financial viability of the sites would be published later on Tuesday.

She said she was willing to listen to any ideas to keep the sites open.

Those under threat are at Aberdare, Abertillery, Bridgend, Croespenmaen, Merthyr Tydfil, Swansea and Wrexham.

Factories at Porth and Neath will continue to operate.

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