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Comment on Council's Remploy contract

March 18, 2012 1:01 PM

Welsh Liberal Democrats in RCT have welcomed the news that the Council have set up a contract with Remploy in Porth to recycle its old computer equipment. However, the timing has been brought into question amid accusations that this could be seen as an election ploy.

RCT Welsh Liberal Democrat campaign manager Karen Roberts said

"Remploy in Porth do an excellent job, providing a secure working environment and first class training and support for their employees as well as running a sound business. The fact that they are not on the list of those expected to close is testament to this.

However, when this debate was brought to the Council Chamber some months ago my colleague Cllr Mike Powell asked what contracts the Council had with Remploy and was told they had none because they hadn't met the procurement requirements.

Now suddenly, just prior to an election, when there is much political debate about the future of Remploy they announce with a flourish that they have decided to put some business their way.

We disagree with the Government on this issue, and think that Remploy should be kept open, at least until more viable alternatives are put in place. But the Labour party need to remember it is they who closed 28 factories across Britain in 2007 including Treforest.

The Council should be doing all it can to support all local businesses as a matter of course."