_80364669_1A new employment service for people with learning and physical disabilities is to open in Reading.

The service, run by learning disability charity Mencap and young job seekers’ support agency Elevate Reading, will start in March.

Mencap said less than 10% of people with a learning disability were in paid work and the new service was a “positive step”.

The service will get a £20,000 annual grant by Reading council until 2017.

It will be run from Central Library in Abbey Square, where Elevate Reading is based, and has not been given a name yet.

The service comes as Remploy, a government-funded agency employing disabled workers, has recently closed factories around the UK and is to be privatised.

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