I enjoyed visiting the Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries (RSBi) in Springburn on Wednesday, 1st of August after the UK Government announced additional funding for disabled people in work. This is a direct result of me raising concerns as the local MP with the Minister for Disabled People, Work and Health, Sarah Newton, in Parliament earlier this year about the scrapping of the Protected Places Scheme.

After raising the concerns of RSBi and Community Trade Union reps, RSBi was accepted onto the Protected Places pilot scheme and so impressed senior civil servants that they have decided not only to maintain the current grant level but to increase it.

Commenting on this breakthrough for the workforce, RSBi Community Trade Union Branch Secretary Steven Mcgurk said:

“Today’s announcement will be a sigh of relief to supported businesses all over the UK.

“The decision to increase the funding is a lifeline to many supported businesses which provide meaningful, sustainable employment and support to thousands of people who would otherwise struggle to find employment.

“Thank you Paul Sweeney for everything you did to raise awareness of the real threat that supported businesses were facing.”

This is a fantastic result for the 250 people who work at the Blindcraft, 50% of whom have a registered disability