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Remploy Workers (Incomes)

Volume 721: debated on Monday 22 November 1965

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asked the Minister of Labour, what is the average net wage of severely disabled persons employed by Remploy Limited; what proportion and number of such persons receive, in addition to a wage, any disablement benefit; what proportion and number of such persons receive a smaller net income than they would do if they were totally disabled and in receipt of disablement or sickness benefit as appropriate; what proportion and number of such people receive a smaller net income than they would do if they were solely dependent upon the National Assistance Board; and whether he is satisfied with existing arrangements for ensuring that persons employed by Remploy Limited receive a minimum income at least equal to the National Assistance Board's prescribed scale.

The average wage of Remploy's severely disabled employees is £10 15s. 0d. for men and £7 15s. 0d. for women. Information is not available as to what these figures would be net of Income Tax and National Insurance contributions or about how many are in receipt of any disablement benefit or whether any would be better off on National Assistance or sickness benefit. The wages and conditions of Remploy's severely disabled workers are the subject of negotiation between the company and the unions concerned.