THIRTY disabled workers face redundancy under plans to close a factory in Huddersfield.
Workers at the site at Tandem Industrial Estate, Waterloo, have been told the Government proposes to close the factory as it is “not commercially viable”.
Employees at the site, which makes car interior trim for manufacturers including Vauxhall and Toyota, are now at risk of compulsory redundancy.
They are among hundreds of disabled people who face losing their jobs under fresh plans to axe 15 Remploy factories across the country.
Ministers announced earlier this year that a number of Remploy factories would close, arguing that the budget for disabled employment services could be spent more effectively.
Thirty-four factories have ceased operations since then and are in the process of closing, but the future of a further 18 sites remained unclear.
Some of the factories have the potential to move out of Government-funded support, but others are set to close, ministers said today.
A Department for Work and Pensions spokesman said: "From today, Remploy will invite expressions of interest to take over the running of the remaining factories.
"Our priority throughout this process is to safeguard jobs, which is why we are offering a wage subsidy of up to £6,400 per disabled employee to encourage interested parties to come forward.
"We have also been clear from the start that we have protected the £320 million budget for disability employment services.
"But we are following the advice of disability expert Liz Sayce to use the money more effectively to get more disabled people into mainstream jobs - the same as everyone else.
"All disabled employees affected by the changes will be guaranteed tailored support from an £8 million package, including a personal case worker, to help with the transition into mainstream employment."