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For news and views about our activities in RCT and as a wider party beyond.

Fed up of the way in which the Labour party have dominated politics in this area for years and done nothing at all to advance the economic activity of the area or residents? Sick of seeing Rhondda Cynon Taff and indeed Wales at the bottom of the league tables when it comes to education and health services? We certainly are.

The Labour party had 13 years in charge at Westminster where they run the country into the ground and what did they leave us with? A flippant note from their own Chief Secretary to the Treasury which said "I'm afraid there is no money."

They have been in control in Cardiff Bay, alone or in coalition, since 1999 and what have we got to show for it? An education system which is failing our pupils and is an embarrassment despite the best efforts of schools and teachers. A NHS which is in chaos where patients wait far too long for treatment, where ambulance response times are appalling and where staff shortages have not been addressed for years.

In RCT they have broken just about every promise they made in their 2012 election manifesto. They said they would keep weekly black bag collections, not charge for bulky waste collections, protect seven day a week meals on wheels. They promised to protect the E£ youth services and of course to keep Pontypridd paddling pool. They lied.

Plaid support has been dwindling for some time and their performance at the Assembly is not helping. The Tories don't even realise RCT exists except at election time. We have two regional Tory AMs supposedly representing us - what do they do?

The Welsh Liberal Democrats are the only ones holding this Council to scrutiny, standing up against the injustices and sticking up for residents. We are not afraid to stand up and be counted, to speak out against the waste of public money, the lack of adequate services and the top heavy management structure that we believe exists in RCT Council.

You have a right to expect more on a local and national level. A better education system, a health service that delivers more, better social care, improved housing, an economic development policy that attracts more investment and creates more jobs, and representative that out the needs of this area and its residents first.

Fairness and equality are not just slogans for us, they are principles we firmly believe in. If you do too then why not join us? Get in touch and find out more via the link at the top of the page or email enquiries@rctlibdems.org.uk

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RCT Welsh Liberal Democrats

  • Article: Apr 16, 2014

    Cwm Taf University Health Board has been awarded £1m funding from the Welsh Government to develop a psychiatric liaison service and acute assessment service at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital.

    The money is being made available through the Invest-to-Save Fund which is intended to provide short-term funding to enable public services to make 'transformational change' that will lead to long-term benefits.

  • pool 2
    Article: Apr 15, 2014

    The bulldozers are moving in on Pontypridd paddling pool as preparatory works for the renovation of the lido in Ynysangharad Park gets under way.

    Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillor Mike Powell and his colleagues have been at the forefront of a long campaign to keep the paddling pool. He says

    "Many residents have been saddened by the sight of the paddling pool fenced off ready for the demolition squad to move in. This pool is part of Ponty's history, every bit as much as the lido, and thousands of people have very happy memories of days spent here.

  • Antoniw catchment 1
    Article: Apr 15, 2014

    Wales Online yesterday reported that Cardiff Council are, following a period of consultation, going to make changes to the catchment area for Ysgol Gynradd Gwaelod Y Garth. It means that children from Taffs Well and Nantgarw will no longer live in the catchment area for that school from next year.

    The decision marks the end of an arrangement which has existed for more than four decades and is causing considerable anger amongst parents whose children are affected.

  • Article: Apr 15, 2014

    As reported by Wales Online two an a half years after their launch the Welsh labour Government's economic enterprise zones are failing to have the desired effect of stimulating business and creating jobs.

    A survey commissioned by the Welsh Government revealed less than a third of Cardiff firms knew they were in an enterprise zone. Of those across Wales who knew they were part of one, only

  • autism awareness
    Article: Apr 15, 2014

    April is Autism awareness month and much is being done to alert people to the problems encountered by those who are autistic and their families.

    The National Autistic Society defines Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people and how they make sense of the world around them.

  • Article: Apr 10, 2014

    A report by The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has heavily criticised the Welsh Labour Government for a lack of vision and for 'overwhelming' schools with too many changes.

    As reported by Wales Online the OECD report said the Welsh Government's tendency to introduce so many new initiatives in such a short space of time risked "reform fatigue" and believes accountability has "not been adequately matched with the provision of additional support to meet the raised expectations".

  • Article: Apr 10, 2014

    Rarely a week goes by without a bad news story on the Welsh NHS. Whilst patients are suffering and morale amongst staff dropping then the Welsh Labour party are it seems only concerned with mud slinging. They accuse the Westminster coalition of using the poor state of the NHS as a stick to beat them with - hasn't it occurred to them that the best way to stop that happening is to take their heads out of the sand, admit there are problems, and start putting things right?