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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: Nov 25, 2015

    Welsh Liberal Democrats in Rhondda Cynon Taff have accused the First Minister of "breathtaking hypocrisy" after a Freedom of Information response confirmed children's ambulance services are now being provided by Bristol Ambulance Service - a private provider.

    As reported by the Western Mail in September the paediatric retrieval service which was based in Cardiff has been moved to Bristol. In response to a series of questions to the Welsh Ambulance Trust a reply was received which stated

  • Article: Nov 20, 2015

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats in RCT have hit out at the continuing payments of what they say are "obscene" redundancy packages being paid to senior officers.

    One of the items on the Council agenda for 25 November is to consider a severance package worth a total of £180,617 to a single, unnamed individual.

  • Article: Nov 19, 2015

    An evaluation report into the £5million spent on Pontypridd railway station has shown that as yet there has been little to no benefit from the project as planned service improvements elsewhere have not been implemented

    The "turn back" project was financed partly by European money and partly by Welsh Government. As well as general station improvements it provided an extra platform at the station to enable trains to terminate there and in theory provide more services.

  • Article: Nov 15, 2015

    As the Welsh Liberal Democrats gathered for their conference in Swansea yesterday there was one thing looming large in everyone's mind - the appalling news from Paris.

    The sympathies of us all go out to the innocent victims of the terrorist attacks and their families and friends. It is impossible for anyone who has not been through it to imagine how those families feel.

  • Article: Nov 10, 2015

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats will vote against the proposed rise in Assembly Members' pay on Wednesday, Kirsty Williams AM has announced today.

    On Wednesday 11th November, Assembly Members will be asked to vote on the Assembly Commission's Budget which is set to rise by around £1.1m. This huge increase in the budget is required to pay for the salary hike proposed for AMs by the Remuneration Board.

  • Article: Nov 9, 2015

    RCT Labour Cabinet meet on Tuesday to discuss a new round of cuts including day nursery closures and cutbacks in the opening hours of libraries.

    Also on the agenda is a proposal to close Pontypridd Day Centre. The report going to Cabinet says that the Centre, which is located in Ynysangharad Park, is in a very poor state of repair and is only used by a relatively small number of people.

  • Article: Nov 6, 2015

    The Driving Test centre in Pontypridd is set to close and move to Llantrisant early in the New Year. The leasehold property in Pwllgwaun is in a poor state of repair and it appears that the Department of Transport who own and run the centre think the solution is to move out of the area.

    Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly candidate for Pontypridd Councillor Mike Powell says other solutions should be looked at.