A POSSIBLE lifeline for an under-threat Remploy factory in Merseyside was criticised yesterday.
Doubt was thrown on the Government’s plans to set aside £300,000 to help disabled workers take over centres and save their jobs.
Among the 36 facing closure, most by the end of this year, is the factory in Birkenhead, axing 29 jobs.
Yesterday, Maria Miller, the minister for disabled people, said the cash – just over £10,000 for each factory facing closure – would pay for lawyers and accountants to advise on rescue proposals.
She added: “This money will help support employees to put together credible bids to safeguard the jobs of disabled people.”
But the GMB union said £300,000 was nowhere near enough.
A spokesman added: “To enable these factory sites to become viable, there is a need for a proper programme of funding and a reduction in the massive non-disabled management, which costs up to £20m per year.”