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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 24, 2015

    The Labour Cabinet in RCT today passed the proposals to reorganise schools in Rhondda and Tonyrefail taking sixth forms away from Tonypandy, Porth and Ferndale and forming a range of age 3 to 16 and 3 to 19 schools. Despite them having stated all along that the Education Minister would have the final say on the proposals because they involved sixth forms the Minister had other ideas and bounced the decision back to the Cabinet.

  • Article: Sep 23, 2015

    RCT businesses have shown they can compete with the best anywhere as the results of the Welsh Government "High Street Heroes" awards were announced.

    The awards are part of the Support Your High Street campaign, which aims to showcase the range of shops and services available in town centres across Wales, and the significant contribution they make to the local economy and community life.

  • Article: Sep 23, 2015

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats have announced that Karen Roberts will be their candidate to fight the Assembly seat next May.

    Ms Roberts is the RCT Welsh Lib Dem Campaign Manager and is familiar to many through her community involvement and her contribution to a number of local campaigns.

    She was an active member of the Save Royal Glamorgan Services campaign which sought to prevent the closing of consultant led maternity and special care baby services and the downgrading of the A&E department. More recently she has been leading the fight against the Council's plans to reorganise schools in the Rhondda, creating 3 to 16 and 3 to 18 year schools.

  • Article: Sep 11, 2015

    Despite the information put out by RCT Council which stated that the Education Minister would have the final decision on whether to create through schools in the area it appears that is not the case. Welsh Government have put the ball firmly back in the court of the Council to make the decision on the creation of 3 - 16 and 3- 18 schools.

  • Article: Sep 8, 2015

    RCT's Labour Cabinet today agreed to changes to the home to school transport provision following a consultation exercise which began in May.

    The changes bring them in line with the legal requirement to only provide free transport for pupils living two miles from a primary school or three miles from a secondary school - they currently provide it at one and a half and two miles.

  • splash pool closed
    Article: Sep 4, 2015

    Just a week after it opened to the public one of Ponty Lido's three pools has been closed for - the Council say - "planned maintenance".

    Local Councillor Mike Powell says

    "The splash pool, intended for the youngest children, is out of action. When I asked why the response was that there was maintenance work planned, but this seems somewhat strange. The lido is only going to be open for a few more weeks at most before it closes until next May, why would they plan maintenance now?

  • Article: Sep 3, 2015

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Tom Brake have called for an urgent debate in the House of Commons on the government's handling of the refugee crisis and the UK's response to it, which we believe is totally inadequate.

    We have seen in recent weeks constant media images of people risking their lives in desperate attempts to escape the misery that is their everyday life in their own country. They are not "migrants" they are not coming here to steal our jobs, or because of our great benefit system. They won't cause our NHS to collapse as one heartless Welsh Tory MP has said. They just want to live and the heartbreaking image of the little boy drowned and washed up on a Turkish beach must surely have stirred even the hardest of hearts, or at least you would think so.