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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.

Tonyrefail

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RCT Welsh Liberal Democrats

  • Article: Jul 29, 2015

    In November 2013 RCT Council decided to put in an application to Welsh Government for funding to explore the setting up of a Business Improvement District (BID). They chose Pontypridd as the preferred area for this because, as the Cabinet report stated, "the Rateable Value of businesses in Pontypridd is far greater than at Aberdare resulting in a significantly higher levy."

  • Article: Jul 27, 2015

    RCT Council have been consulting on changes to their home to school transport provision. The consultation ends on 28 July. The following response has been submitted from RCT Welsh Lib Dems:

    It is difficult to argue against the logic behind some of these proposals. RCT in common with every other Council has to make savings / generate more income and the Home to School Transport bill has been increasing beyond all proportion over the years. That is money that could be spent on schools, or social care or any one of a number of public services that people wish to maintain.

  • Article: Jul 23, 2015

    Rhondda and Pontypridd Labour MPs Chris Bryant and Owen Smith this week joined 182 of their Labour colleagues in abstaining on the Tory's Welfare Bill which will mean another wave of cuts for some of the least well off in our communities.

    Speaking during the debate on the Bill Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron called Tory plans to rip £12bn from welfare bill "unfair, unwise and inhuman". He said the cut was unnecessary and accused George Osborne of choosing to attack the poorest families under the guise of economic necessity.

  • Article: Jul 23, 2015

    A Young Person's Concessionary Bus Fare scheme will belaunched in September 2015 thanks to the Welsh Liberal Democrats.

    From September, 16 to 18 year olds will receive a one-third discount on all bus journeys, including the TrawsCymru network of longer-distance services.

    In September 2014 the Welsh Liberal Democrats forged a budget deal with the Welsh Labour Government whereby they 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.

  • Article: Jul 18, 2015

    There has been much discussion about how the Westminster Conservative Government's recent budget penalised young people unfairly.

    However, they are not the only ones adding to the burden of teenagers in Rhondda Cynon Taff.

    The Labour-dominated council have been "consulting" on home to school transport changes - I use the word cautiously because their consultations have inevitably proved to be little more than a tick box exercise.

  • Article: Jul 16, 2015

    A consultation has been announced today on court closures throughout Wales and England. The consultation is on a proposal to close 91 court buildings, including Pontypridd magistrates' court.

    Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillor Mike Powell said the proposals are a disgrace.

    "The reason given is that the Pontypridd building is in a poor state of repair, which begs the question why has it been allowed to deteriorate?

  • Article: Jul 16, 2015

    The subject of votes at 16 has been in the news a great deal recently and is something that the Welsh Liberal Democrats have long called for.

    This week the National Assembly produced a report following a Wales wide survey of young people which asked their opinion son whether 16 year olds should be allowed to vote. 10,375 young people responded and 53% said that the voting age should be lowered.