Remploy Ideals:- They set out our primary task as the creation of employment opportunities for people with severe disabilities. Giving disabled people a real and worthwhile job gives them the money, self-respect and independence, which is the right of every citizen.
I write of a blind, dogged determination to adhere to ‘Austerity’ and of decisions to cut spending wherever such ‘Savings’ have been identified. I write of a Government which, in truth, has lost all idea of a spirit of generosity, of any idea of human behaviour; in a blind pursuit of a path chosen on purely political grounds; with their use of words which disguise the true nature of their intentions.
Some ATW readers may be familiar with the existence of Remploy factories. All over this country, people, of varying disabilities, both physical and mental, have been able to gain employment which stretches their ambitions without stretching their disabilities. From a small beginning under Labour in 1946, Remploy has grown to an organisation which gives gainful and satisfying employment to over 10,000 people.
Watching and listening to the smug tones of Maria Miller, the ‘Remploy Killer’, I noticed only one thing; a blind determination that she, and her Cabinet colleagues are right, and everyone else is wrong. I have been, a long time ago, a visitor to a Remploy factory, and I can assure any politicians that they don’t consider themselves ‘segregated’ or even ‘disadvantaged’; but work alongside fellow employees who can relate to their fellow workers.
It is true that most Remploy factories run at a loss, but should we be stating that this should be judged not in monetary terms; but in fact in the knowledge that these people are deserving of our support, whatever the cost, whatever the subsidy, whatever the annoyance which may be generated towards a group of self-serving millionaires masquerading as a Coalition Government.