By Daniel Hunter

1,700 jobs for workers with disabilities could be at risk following Remploy's announcement that they are planning to close 36 factories.

Maria Miller, Minister for Disabled People, has said there is the vert real possibility that the factories could be closed before the end of the year given that they were not viably financial.

Remploy currently have 54 factories, but if the closures do go ahead, that number will be down 18. Labour have branded the announcement as 'the wrong plan at the wrong time'.

In a written statement to the Commons, Ms Miller said: "The government will reduce its current subsidy to Remploy from the beginning of the new financial year so that we cease funding factories which make significant losses year after year and restrict funding to those factories which might have a prospect of a viable future without government subsidy."

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