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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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  • Article: Aug 25, 2015

    Barclays bank have confirmed that they will be closing their Tonyrefail branch on the 16th of October. They put the decision to close down to a 47% decrease in customer usage since 2008. Barclays say that staff have been consulted and will be given opportunity to work in a nearby branch.

    This follows an announcement in February of this year that they were planning on closing around 400 of its 1,600 UK branches by 2016. It will be a further blow to the town of Tonyrefail which is already suffering , in common with other High Streets, from the increase in out of town shopping centres and internet shopping.

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    Article: Aug 25, 2015

    Local Welsh Liberal Democrats have announced that once again Councillor Mike Powell will be their candidate for the Assembly election in Pontypridd next May.

    Councillor Powell who lives in and represents the Trallwn ward in Pontypridd is well known across the constituency. In 2010 he drastically reduced the Labour majority in Pontypridd and was poised to take the Assembly seat the following year only to become victim of the party's drop in popularity during the Westminster coalition.

  • Article: Aug 20, 2015

    Our congratulations go to those who are celebrating their GCSE results today.

    There are some excellent headlines coming from individual schools across RCT, such as an 18% increase at Tonypandy Community College. We wish all the best to students and good luck with whatever their future holds and well done to the hardworking staff too.

  • Article: Aug 19, 2015

    From September a Young Person's Concessionary Bus Fare scheme will be launched in Wales which will give 16 to 8 year olds a one third discount on all bus journeys, including the TrawsCymru network of longer-distance services.

    The concessionary fares come about thanks to a deal made by the Welsh Liberal Democrats with the Welsh Labour Government whereby we 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: Aug 19, 2015

    Welsh Liberal Democrats in RCT are angry at the removal of yet more health services from the South Wales area. This time it is the Paediatric Intensive Care Retrieval Service which transports critically ill children requiring specialist care.

    The current service is based in Cardiff, but the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee - which includes the Chief Executives of every Health Board in Wales - have decided that in future the service should be provided from Bristol.

  • Article: Aug 18, 2015

    Staff at the Post Office in Porth have apparently been issued with redundancy notices and told the service there will be closing.

    The business is currently located within the Lloyds pharmacy but Post Office Ltd have been advertising for new premises but it seems they have had no success.

    RCT Welsh Liberal Democrat Campaign Manager Karen Roberts said

  • Article: Aug 13, 2015

    Yes another year has flown by and it is A level results day again - although for those awating results the last few weeks will have seemed endless.

    The post mortem will of course already have begun, and we will indoubtedly have more to say on the overall picture. However for now it is time to celebrate with all those students who have achieved their aim and in many cases exceeded their expectaions. We wish you all the very best as you follow your chosen path, whatever that may be.