THERE WAS GOOD NEWS ABOUT APPRENTICESHIPS IN SCOTLAND... BUT NOW THERE IS...
Putting ability first: Isn't that what IDS's scheme is all about...supposedly? So why shut an organisation that does that, and has done it since 1946? You'd only do that if it were about saving money... and it can't be that, because the government says it not.
Phil Brannan a friend and senior shop steward for the GMB/Unite consortium at Remploy, said: “This is an absolute tragedy. It’s too early to say what has happened, but it is too much of a coincidence for him to be found dead on the day his work closed down.
“As far as I know, he wasn’t suffering any particular health issues, but he had become extremely upset recently about the work situation.
“He had applied for a job with one of the organisations taking people on from Remploy, but he was unsuccessful and he was bitterly disappointed.”
Mr Brannan said: “George never claimed a day’s benefit in his life and he felt that once he had been made redundant he would be labelled as a scrounger.
“Through no fault of his own, he lost his job today. The government know full well that many of these people now face long-term unemployment. It is a disgrace.” [Scotsman]
As his friend said, it is too early to state the cause for certain, but it is an incredible and horrible coincidence that he died on the day of his factory's closure, given his state of depression.
It seems to me completely counter-intuitive, that a government which says that it is important for sick and disabled people to do what they can work-wise, not because they want to save money from the welfare bill, but because it is good for their health, their self esteem, the economy, the country, in fact everyone, should at the same time, be shutting down the very means by which they can do this.
Remploy was set up by an act in 1944, to employ people disabled in the second world war, and later for others who were for one reason or another in need to employment in a protected environment. But, despite protestations that welfare reform is nothing to do with costs, the government is closing the Remploy factories which do not make a profit!
So, when they say that it's not about the money, they are lying. It is notable that Mr Scollan had worked for 40 years, since he was 18, in the factory and had never claimed benefits, but was afraid of being labelled a scrounger. So that's what you have done, Mr Duncan Smith, Mr Grayling, Mr Cameron, Ms Davidson and yes, you too, Johann Lamont. You have people who have worked all their days, in this case with the odds stacked against them, terrified of being labelled scroungers...by the biggest scroungers in the country. Oh, the irony.