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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.
  • Make a donation - we pay for our own campaigning with no big donors to help.
  • Join the party and help us fight for a better deal for RCT - membership is only £12 a year.

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News and views from

RCT Welsh Liberal Democrats

  • Article: Jul 29, 2014

    A report being presented to RCT Cabinet this week brings better news for users of leisure services across the County.

    In May the Labour Cabinet deferred a decision on cutbacks to its leisure centres and swimming pools which would have meant the closure of several facilities including Hawthorn and Bronwydd pools and Llantwit Fardre leisure centre. The report being presented to the meeting on 31st July says that following a complete review of the service then those could be kept open.

  • Article: Jul 28, 2014

    At the full Council meeting on 23rd July a report was presented from the Auditor - the Annual Improvement Report - which gave a false and out of date view of the Council's financial capabilities.

    The report stated that:

    "The Council continues to focus on stability and sustainability in terms of its finances through an effective financial management framework. It has maintained robust in-year and medium-term financial management arrangements which have supported delivery of a balanced revenue budget for 2013-14 while retaining a prudent level of general reserve balances. In the context of the need for continued strong financial management, the Section 151 Officer is of the view that the council should continue to hold a minimum of £10 million general fund balances. Given the current climate of financial austerity and constraint, this minimum level is considered essential to

  • Article: Jul 26, 2014

    The Cabinet will meet next Thursday to "discuss" for the second time limiting the amount of waste that residents will be able to put out for collection. They have already discussed the report in private at a closed Cabinet meeting last week and so the recommendation will almost undoubtedly be passed.

  • Article: Jul 25, 2014

    The 15% pay rise suggested for the Head of the Council's PR Department has been referred back to the appointments committee.

    A confidential report had suggested that Christian Hanagan, who has been the subject of controversy since he was given his current post without it being advertised and with no interview, be given the extra £160 a week because of extra responsibilities he would be taking on.

  • Article: Jul 24, 2014

    The RCT Labour Cabinet have been discussing the future of Hawthorn pool and of leisure services in general after a decision on cuts was postponed. The outcome of this will be made known to the public at the official Cabinet meeting on 31st July.

    The report on Hawthorn pool recommends that Members agree:

  • Article: Jul 24, 2014

    The RCT Labour Cabinet will meet next week to discuss a range of issues from limiting weekly black bag collections, through to adult education cuts and Hawthorn swimming pool.

    The meeting will, as usual, be open to the public although those who attend may once again be disappointed by the level of 'debate' on offer.

  • Article: Jul 23, 2014

    If like many others you are tired of the same old, same old in RCT, of a Labour party that pretends it is all about the people but which is increasingly becoming more and more self-centred, then why not do something about it.

    Why not join the Welsh Liberal Democrats and help us to fight back against the Labour waste, against a party that puts its own propaganda before public services. Fight back against a party that believes in jobs for the boys and putting its own elected members before the public they are supposed to represent.