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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.

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News and views from

RCT Welsh Liberal Democrats

  • Article: Dec 19, 2014

    It's been another bleak week for NHS statistics in Wales. Hard working front line NHS staff must be utterly demoralised seeing the constant bad news headlines and it is time the Welsh Labour Government addressed the problems.

    Welsh Government targets are being missed across the board. Currently there is an aim that 95% of patients waiting for treatment should wait no more than 26 weeks, and nobody should wait more than 36 weeks. Newly published figures to the end of October show that neither target was hit here in Cwm Taf or across Wales - in fact neither target was met in any month at an all Wales level between October 2013 and October 2014.

  • Article: Dec 18, 2014

    The consultation on the proposed nursery cuts in RCT has been extended until the end of January which is good news for opponents trying to put together a case against this ridiculous move.

    However, we have to ask what exactly are the Officers at RCT Council playing at?

    The extension has been given, say the Council, because of legal advice, which suggests that the initial period was not sufficient.

  • Article: Dec 18, 2014

    RCT Cabinet have put off for six months a decision which would save the cash strapped Council a considerable amount of money without affecting front line services.

     

    They met earlier this week to discuss the lowering of the discretionary payments made to workers who take voluntary early retirement or voluntary redundancy. The scheme run by RCT Council has been regarded by many as over generous for years and this is a cut, say the Welsh Liberal Democrats, that should have been made long ago.

  • Article: Dec 16, 2014

    Today is the last day for responses to the consultation on proposals to make cuts to the schools music service in RCT.

    This is the response submitted by RCT Welsh Liberal Democrats.

    As is acknowledged in the report which was presented to Cabinet at the start of this process there are benefits in learning to play an instrument or singing that go beyond what pleasure can be gained from those activities.

  • Article: Dec 15, 2014

    The leader of RCT Council this week announced that they will be looking at home to school transport in the New Year with a view to cutting back on provision.

    The Council currently provides a service that is more generous than that which they are legally obliged to. Government guidelines say that free transport should be provided for pupils living more than two miles from a primary and three miles from a secondary school. RCT have traditionally provided it at one and a half and two miles respectively.

  • Article: Dec 8, 2014

    The final hopes of keeping Aberllechau Primary School open were dashed today when the Cabinet decided that the concerns expressed by local councillors who "called - in" the decision for further scrutiny were not sufficient for them to reverse their decision.

    In a surprise move last Wednesday the education scrutiny committee voted in favour of sending the decision back to Cabinet for a rethink. However, the Cabinet, as usual, were not for turning and reaffirmed their previous decision to close the school.

  • Article: Dec 6, 2014

    Hospital campaigners hopes were dashed earlier this week when Rhondda based Judge Justice Wyn Williams, sitting at the civil court in Cardiff, turned down their application for a judicial review against Cwm Taf Community Health Council.

    Campaigners against the removal of services from the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant maintained that the CHC should have referred the decision to the Health Minister, Mark Drakeford and that they did not act in the best interests of residents by agreeing to the proposals put forward by the South Wales Programme Board.