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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, 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 acceptance of poor standards of public service is becoming the norm. Just who is standing up for the people of RCT?

We 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 Labour Health Minister who gave the go ahead for it to happen.

We were involved in the fight against RCT Labour Council's decision to cut nursery education - a decision deemed by a High Court Judge to be unlawful following a judicial review. Labour Councillors all backed the decision of their Cabinet - as did the local Labour AMs and MPs

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 Powell'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.

Mike will be our Parliamentary candidate for the Pontypridd constituency next May where we are firmly established as the only alternative to years of Labour Party complacency.

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.

You can help us break the Labour stranglehold in this area and elect an MP who cares about what happens here. You can:

  • Help deliver leaflets or with fundraising or admin work.
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The Welsh Government plan on cutting down the number of Councils in Wales. Do you agree, and do you think RCT should be merged with Merthyr? Take our survey here.

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RCT Welsh Liberal Democrats

  • Article: Nov 1, 2014

    The Council are currently consulting on their latest round of budget cuts. These include cuts to the music service in schools and of course the cuts to nursery education are back on the cards.

    It is important that as many people as possible air their views on the proposals. The consultation is available online here or a paper copy can be requested by phoning 01443 425014.

  • Article: Oct 30, 2014

    It has been announced that Wales is to receive £2 billion in structural funding from Europe over the next six years. On the face of it this sounds like good news, until you start asking why we are getting the money. As BBC Wales' political editor Nick Servini says:

    "This is certainly no cause for celebration, the fact that Wales has got this third round of funding. If you go back to the year 2000 and objective one funding, the first minister at the time, Rhodri Morgan, was talking about this as being a 'once in a generation' opportunity.

  • Article: Oct 28, 2014

    On Monday evening papers were hand delivered to Councillors by one of the Council's chauffeurs for Wednesday's Council meeting. The papers referred to a decision made by the Labour Cabinet last month to, as they put it, review the Council's senior management structure.

    The Labour press release said that this would save a substantial amount of money by streamlining the management of the Council - something no one would argue is necessary. It failed to mention that this would also result in substantial pay rises for several people - at least 15% in most cases amounting to a minimum increase of £11,000 a year.

  • Article: Oct 21, 2014

    The consultation on the proposals to close several schools in the Rhondda and Tonyrefail, remove sixth forms from Tonypandy, Porth and Ferndale and create new 3 to 16 and 3 to 19 year old schools has begun.

    The Labour Cabinet decided on 2nd October to press forward with the reorganisation and a consultation process will now last until January.

  • Article: Oct 21, 2014

     

    Responding to a question from Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member Peter Black in the Senedd today the First Minister said he was not aware of the latest illness absence advice handed out to parents from the Central South Consortium, despite having two children at school in the area.

    The Consortium, which is a partnership between Rhondda Cynon Taf, Bridgend, Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan, and Merthyr councils angered parents with a leaflet suggesting they should send their children to school when they are suffering from illnesses like glandular fever, and tonsillitis.

  • Article: Oct 13, 2014

    Parents in Rhondda Cynon Taff and adjoining counties are up in arms over a new health guide which appears to suggest that children struck down with tonsillitis, conjunctivitis and even glandular fever should not be kept off school.

    The controversial leaflet was produced by the Central South Consortium which is an education partnership between Bridgend, Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan, Rhondda Cynon Taf, and Merthyr councils and sets guidelines for parents to follow should their child fall ill.

  • Article: Oct 12, 2014

    Karen Roberts is a long serving school governor at Tonypandy Community College and has previously been a governor at Cwmclydach Infants School. She says the latest reorganisations plans from the Labour run RCT Council are ill thought out and that their implementation is deliberately designed to be divisive: