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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: Jun 26, 2015

    A statutory notice has been issued for the proposed reorganisation of Rhondda and Tonyrefail schools after the Labour Cabinet in RCT failed yet again to listen to any of the concerns raised by parents, pupils, governors, former heads and others.

    They want to create "middle schools" as they insist on calling them or through schools as they are more commonly known, 3 to 16 or 3 to 19 age schools.

  • Article: Jun 25, 2015

    The Ambulance Trust policy of ring fencing ambulances within Rhondda Cynon Taff to respond only to calls within that area seems to be paying dividends.

    Response statistics for May show that 62.9% of category A calls were responded to within the target time of 8 minutes, a vast improvement from the 41.4% in February.

  • Article: Jun 24, 2015

    Our town centres in RCT are slowly dying, with the finger of blame pointing in several directions depending upon who you are speaking to.

    Pedestrianisation has come in for a great deal of criticism and been cited as one of the reasons for the demise of Tonypandy and Pontypridd. The Labour Council argue otherwise, yet their actions say differently - they recently lifted the restrictions in Pontypridd so that traffic is only limited until 3 o'clock, an hour earlier than previously. It seems they eventually realised that shops were suffering because people could not just park outside and pop in for one or two items or to pick up something too heavy to carry.

  • Article: Jun 23, 2015

    On Thursday 2nd July there are two by elections for Pontypridd Town Council in Trallwn and the Graig wards.

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats will be fielding candidates in both - they will be Amanda Jones in Trallwn and Lee Thacker in the Graig.

    Both have been involved to various degrees along with other local party members in numerous local campaigns such as the battle against the downgrading of the Royal Glamorgan hospital and the cuts to nursery education.

  • Article: Jun 19, 2015

    Leighton Andrews, Rhondda AM and Minister for Public Services, this week revealed his master plan for the reorganisation of Councils in Wales. He plans to cut down the number of Councils from 22 to 8 or 9, but his revamped map has met with criticism from all sides, even within the Labour party. In fact he was applauded by the largely Labour WLGA (Welsh Local Government Association) when he joked that he was thinking of retiring himself soon.

  • Article: Jun 9, 2015

    RCT Council have escaped a fine of more than half a million pounds after failing to meet recycling targets set by the Welsh Government.

    Natural Resources Minister Carl Sargeant announced that he would waive the fines for RCT, Cardiff and Merthyr as they were working towards targets.

    Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillor Mike Powell said:

  • Article: Jun 5, 2015

    The Labour Cabinet in RCT have decided, despite substantial opposition and reasoned argument from parents, pupils, governors, staff and former staff, to press ahead with their plans to reorganise Rhondda and Tonyrefail Schools.

    The proposals mean that several primary schools will be closed and amalgamated into local secondary schools. A number of Secondary Schools, namely Porth, Tonypandy and Ferndale, will lose their sixth forms completely.