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Volume 479: debated on Monday 29 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of former Remploy workers who have found alternative employment. (220015)

Remploy has advised that of the 241 employees who opted to remain with Remploy, 161 are in work placements. The remaining 80 employees are involved in pre-employment activities, for example job search and preparation.

A further 1,772 employees opted to take voluntary redundancy or early retirement with a voluntary redundancy payment. Remploy is aware that around 200 have found alternative work, and is currently working with a further 360 former employees to find alternative work. The remainder have either advised the company that they do not require assistance from the company to seek further work or have not yet responded to Remploy's offers of help.