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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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RCT Welsh Liberal Democrats

  • Article: May 24, 2015

    The Labour Cabinet in RCT have voted to push ahead with proposals to close several primary schools in the Rhondda and Tonyrefail , remove 6th forms from three secondary schools and create a range 3 - 16, 3 -18 and 11 - 16 schools.

    RCT Welsh Liberal Democrat Campaign Manager Karen Roberts is Vice Chair of governors at one of the affected schools and has been co-ordinating the campaign against the proposals. She says the Cabinet decision is far from the end of the matter and the campaign will go n.

  • Article: May 24, 2015

    Schools in RCT providing nursery education will receive the best part of half a million pounds extra this year thanks to a budget deal between the Welsh Government and the Welsh Liberal Democrats.

    From April this year the Welsh Liberal Democrats' Pupil Deprivation Grant, which targets money at pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds, has been extended to under 5s. The money is designed to help bridge the gap in attainment that has traditionally existed between those children on free school meals and those who are not.

  • Article: May 18, 2015

    The second judicial review against the cuts to nursery education in RCT has been turned down by a High Court Judge.

    Last year parents were successful in getting the decision of RCT Council to cut nursery education from full to part time overturned on the grounds that they did not adequately consult or have regard to the provision of sufficient child care.

  • Article: May 16, 2015

    Well the Council AGM is fast approaching and in keeping with tradition the ruling Labour group are putting yet another nail in the coffin of democracy in RCT.

    They have already in previous years stitched up scrutiny committees so that their own people remain firmly in charge and ensured that committees are kept small enough so there is no danger of the Democratic Alliance, which consists of Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillor Mike Powell and Conservative Councillor Joel James, getting a seat on anything apart from the Officer Appeals committee!

  • Article: May 15, 2015

    We are used to being the forgotten tribes here in RCT - very little seems to come north of the M4 corridor and the cry from everywhere that "everything goes to Cardiff" would be very tedious if it were not for the fact that it seems more and more to be true.

    It has led to the "them versus us" mentality that, on a personal level, is in the main good natured; merely friendly rivalry between neighbouring areas.

  • Article: May 15, 2015

    School governors in Rhondda Cynon Taff have been invited to apply for consultant governor positions within the Central South Consortium which covers RCT, Merthyr, Vale of Glamorgan, Bridgend and Cardiff.


    The Consortium is one of several regional partnerships set up by the Welsh Labour Government with the aim of improving school standards. However questions have been raised as to how much money is being spent on the scheme and how effective it is.

  • Article: May 14, 2015

    Earlier this week the Health and Social Care Committee at the National Assembly unanimously endorsed the Welsh Liberal Democrat campaign for more nurses in Wales.

    This is another positive step towards achieving the goal of safe staffing levels on wards in Welsh hospitals.

    This Bill, put forward by Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Kirsty Williams, offers Wales the opportunity to lead the way in becoming the first country in the UK to establish a legal duty for safe nurse staffing levels.