Disabled jobs factory Sherwood Industries axed by Nottinghamshire County Council

A RAINWORTH furniture factory providing jobs for disabled people will close to save cash, councillors agreed at a meeting today (23rd February).

Sherwood Industries will be axed by Nottinghamshire County Council despite a consultation period which saw fierce opposition to the move from union leaders.

The business, which has been operating since the 1930s, specialises in making school furniture and provides employment for 29 people with a range of disabilities.

Unison bosses said the decision on the future of the factory should wait pending further talks and claimed the council’s surveys on the move had been flawed.

There should be a ‘delay to allow a more informed debate and a testing of review proposals before any final decision’, the union said in a statement.

“There is scope for it to become a focal point for training and employment in the locality,” the statement added last week.

But throughout the consultation period, County Hall bosses have said the factory cost more than £830,000 in publicly-funded subsidises over the last financial year.

They say it cost residents in Nottinghamshire approximately £26,000 to employ each of the disabled employees at Sherwood Industries over this period.

And at a cabinet meeting on Thursday, councillors approved changes to the way the authority provides Supported Employment for people with disabilities, meaning the end for the factory.