Sheltered Work Program Told To Modernize
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
July 27, 2006
COVENTRY, ENGLAND--The government has told the United Kingdom's largest employer of people with disabilities to join the 21st Century -- and has given it a heavy chunk of change to do so.
Anne McGuire, the Minister for Disability, said Remploy would receive £111 million ($208 million US) each year for the next five years to modernize its factories and place more workers through supported employment in mainstream jobs in the community.
McGuire said supported employment costs the government just £5,000 ($9,400) per person each year, while the average annual subsidy for a sheltered workshop factory employee is £18,000 ($33,770) -- with some costing as much as £48,000 ($90,000) a year.
"Simply keeping the status quo will neither help increase the number of disabled people supported by Remploy nor be a good use of public money," she said.
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