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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: Feb 13, 2016

    It's been going on for some time, bit by bit, year after year, services have been steadily moving out of Rhondda Cynon Taff.

    The closure of Pontypridd Magistrates'' Court is the latest example. The Rhondda and Cynon ones of course closed several years ago with one of the excuses at the time being that it wasn't too far to travel to Ponty. Now the Pontypridd one is also to go leaving us without a Magistrates' court in the county. Instead people will have to travel to Merthyr.

  • Article: Feb 12, 2016

    It has been confirmed that Pontypridd magistrates is to close as part of a substantial closure programme under the current Conservative government.

    The proposals were first announced in July 2015 and a consultation announced. The responses - including that from RCT Welsh Liberal Democrats - were almost all against the action, but they have been ignored.

  • Article: Feb 6, 2016

    Chris Bryant, MP for the Rhondda. has sparked considerable debate by announcing that Welsh fans should stop singing "Delilah" at rugby matches because it incites violence.

    This is not a new idea of course. Plaid's Dafydd Iwan said the same thing in 2014, backed by Labour's Cynon Valley AM Christine Chapman. The idea didn't catch on then either.

  • Article: Feb 6, 2016

    Wales Online have been taking a look at the likely Council Tax increases across Wales and the cuts Councils are having to make.

    RCT failed to give a figure, just saying there will be a small increase. Yet a report to Cabinet next week suggests an increase of 2.75%. Of course the Cabinet may decide not to give the green light to this - there was an unexpected U-turn over several proposed budget cuts earlier this week - but that is the proposal. On top of this will be the increase in the Police precept.

  • Article: Feb 5, 2016

    RCT's Labour Cabinet meet next week to discuss the Council's budget for the coming year.

    The report from the Finance Officer recommends a Council Tax increase of 2.75% for April. Whilst this is lower than we have seen in a number of recent years it will still be met with disappointment by residents who have seen endless streams of cuts and loss of services.

  • Article: Feb 4, 2016

    Today is "Time to Talk" day when everyone is encouraged to have a conversation about mental health.

    Despite huge strides forward in how we view mental health problems then there is still far too much stigma attached to the subject. Yet suffering from a mental health problem is no more shameful than a physical health issue.

  • Article: Feb 4, 2016

    The Cabinet have today been meeting to announce their decisions on the latest round of budget cuts.

    Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillor Mike Powell says he was pleased to see that, in a seeming break with what has become the norm, the Cabinet have rejected some of the proposals originally put forward.

    "They have it seems decided not to impose single staffed libraries which would not only have proved a safety risk to staff but reduced the quality of service that those libraries could have provided.