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We firmly believe that Rhondda Cynon Taff deserves more at a local and national level. We have long argued that more has to be done to improve health services, education, town centres and job prospects.

The cosy Labour consensus across every level of Government currently means there is no challenge from constituency AMs and MPs to anything and the question must be asked, just who is standing up for the people of RCT?

RCT Welsh Liberal Democrats strongly opposed moves to reduce services at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, starting way back in 2008 when we worked with concerned parents and staff to try and prevent the downgrading of the neonatal unit there. Whilst local Labour politicians waved banners against it and posed for photo shoots it is their own colleague, the Welsh Government Health Minister, who gave the go ahead for it to happen.

We were involved in the fight against RCT Cabinet's decision to cut nursery education - a decision originally deemed to be unlawful following a judicial review. Labour Councillors, AMs and MPs all backed the decision of their Cabinet.

Cllr Mike Powell is currently our sole voice on RCT council. First elected in 1999 he continues to work hard not just for residents of his own ward but right across Rhondda Cynon Taff. Mike's no-nonsense approach makes him a constant thorn in Labour's side; their persistent attempts to unseat him scuppered by his popularity and reputation as a man who cares for his community.

We want a better future for this area and the people in it. RCT is at the bottom of all the wrong league tables - highest unemployment, poorest health, fewer pupils attaining good GCSE grades. It is not good enough - we deserve better.

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News and views from

RCT Welsh Liberal Democrats

  • Article: Sep 1, 2015

    A consultation is currently under way with a view to closing a number of courts across Wales, including the Magistrates' Court at Pontypridd, the only one left in RCT following the closure several years ago of Llwynypia and Aberdare.

    The consultation details can be found here and the deadline for anyone wishing to respond is the 8th of October.

  • Ponty park
    Article: Aug 31, 2015

    As the ward Councillor for the Trallwn ward in which Ynysangharad Park lies it is good to see the lido is eventually open and has apparently been well used during the first week. I took a stroll down there Sunday afternoon during a short break in the rain.

    The playground was empty - the weather having taken its toll and sent anyone who was not there for the swimming off to find somewhere drier, but at least it gave the opportunity for a good look around. There is certainly a lot more equipment here than there used to be and it is a shame that more of the parks throughout RCT cannot have something similar. One small criticism is that it could maybe have been spread out a bit more - there is after all no lack of space. Instead of trying to cram it all into the space when the paddling pool was ripped up they could have laid it out with a bit more separation between the equipment for each age group. It doesn't take many children - especially smaller ones accompanied by adults - to fill the space.

  • Article: Aug 28, 2015

    Nat West bank has announced that it intends to shut another four branches in Wales bringing up to a dozen the number they have said in recent weeks are earmarled for closure. They blame a "marked decline in usage" of around 32%. The Pentre branch in the Rhondda is set to close its doors for the final time on 8th December.

  • Article: Aug 25, 2015

    Barclays bank have confirmed that they will be closing their Tonyrefail branch on the 16th of October. They put the decision to close down to a 47% decrease in customer usage since 2008. Barclays say that staff have been consulted and will be given opportunity to work in a nearby branch.

    This follows an announcement in February of this year that they were planning on closing around 400 of its 1,600 UK branches by 2016. It will be a further blow to the town of Tonyrefail which is already suffering , in common with other High Streets, from the increase in out of town shopping centres and internet shopping.

  • Mike H&S
    Article: Aug 25, 2015

    Local Welsh Liberal Democrats have announced that once again Councillor Mike Powell will be their candidate for the Assembly election in Pontypridd next May.

    Councillor Powell who lives in and represents the Trallwn ward in Pontypridd is well known across the constituency. In 2010 he drastically reduced the Labour majority in Pontypridd and was poised to take the Assembly seat the following year only to become victim of the party's drop in popularity during the Westminster coalition.

  • Article: Aug 20, 2015

    Our congratulations go to those who are celebrating their GCSE results today.

    There are some excellent headlines coming from individual schools across RCT, such as an 18% increase at Tonypandy Community College. We wish all the best to students and good luck with whatever their future holds and well done to the hardworking staff too.

  • Article: Aug 19, 2015

    From September a Young Person's Concessionary Bus Fare scheme will be launched in Wales which will give 16 to 8 year olds a one third discount on all bus journeys, including the TrawsCymru network of longer-distance services.

    The concessionary fares come about thanks to a deal made by the Welsh Liberal Democrats with the Welsh Labour Government whereby we agreed to allow their annual budget to pass in exchange for funding for a range of key policies. This included almost £15m for a concessionary bus fare scheme.