Leighton calls for sacking of Iain Duncan Smith over 'callous' Remploy remarks.WELSH Education Minister Leighton Andrews Leighton Andrews (born August 11, 1957, in Cardiff) is a Welsh Labour politician, currently the National Assembly for Wales member for Rhondda since 2003. Education
University of Wales, Bangor and the University of Sussex. has demanded Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith George Iain Duncan Smith MP (born 9 April 1954), often referred to as IDS, is a British politician. He is Member of Parliament for the constituency of Chingford and Woodford Green. He was leader of the Conservative Party from 12 September 2001 to 6 November 2003. be sacked for a series of "callous cal·lous
Of, relating to, or characteristic of a callus or callosity.
of the nature of a callus; hard. " comments he made about disabled workers.
Confronted by campaigners against the closure of Remploy factories with the loss of more than 1,500 jobs, the former Tory leader said: "Is it a kindness to stick people in some factory where they are not doing any work at all? Just making cups of coffee? "I promise you this is better. Taking this decision was a balance between how much do I want to spend keeping a number of people in Remploy factories not producing stuff versus getting people into proper jobs."
Leighton When Remploy administrator Julie Haynes told the Cabinet Minister: "We work in our factories!", Mr Duncan Smith responded: "You don't produce very much at all."
Asked why the disabled were being robbed of a choice between a segregated or mainstream workplace, Mr Duncan Smith said: "How far do you want to go with the idea that you can choose to do exactly what you want?" He said he would look at any viable plan to keep open the 18 Remploy factories at risk and may extend the 90-day consultation period. But he warned: "The reality is for those that are not viable it does not make any sense at all keeping people sitting not doing anything."
Calling for Mr Duncan Smith's dismissal, Mr Andrews said: "I have visited every factory in Wales Wales, Welsh Cymru, western peninsula and political division (principality) of Great Britain (1991 pop. 2,798,200), 8,016 sq mi (20,761 sq km), west of England; politically united with England since 1536. The capital is Cardiff. , since the Tory closure announcement, so unlike Iain Duncan Smith I actually have a clear idea of the good work that goes on in many of these factories.
"It is not just the callousness of these remarks that are shocking - I would expect little else from this Government - it's the ignorance behind the remarks that is really troubling.
"In Wales we are absolutely clear that the decision to close all Remploy factories is wrong on social grounds, and wrong on economic grounds too. The Department for Work and Pensions The Department for Work and Pensions (or DWP) (Welsh: Adran Gwaith a Phensiynau) is the largest government department in the Government of the United Kingdom, created on June 8, 2001, from the merger of the employment part of the Department for Education and (DWP DWP Department of Work and Pensions (UK)
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Andrews AM "After making these comments, Iain Duncan Smith should be sacked. It's as simple as that."
A DWP spokesman claimed the Sunday Express, which has been running a campaign to keep the Remploy factories open and which first reported Mr Duncan Smith's comments had "deliberately misrepresented the arguments on this very important issue".
The spokesman added: "We believe that the best way to help disabled people into work is not to hide them away in factories but give them every assistance in supporting them into mainstream employment.
"Ministers and the Secretary of State are clear - the specialist employment budget is pounds 320m, a fifth of which is presently spent on loss making Remploy factories and should instead be moved into programmes like Access to Work. There will be no cut to funding.
"We appreciate that Remploy has been an important part of many disabled people's working lives and this decision was not taken lightly."
* Leighton Andrews AM