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Fed up of the way in which the Labour party have dominated politics in this area for years and done nothing at all to advance the economic activity of the area or residents? Sick of seeing Rhondda Cynon Taff and indeed Wales at the bottom of the league tables when it comes to education and health services? We certainly are.

The Labour party had 13 years in charge at Westminster where they run the country into the ground and what did they leave us with? A flippant note from their own Chief Secretary to the Treasury which said "I'm afraid there is no money."

They have been in control in Cardiff Bay, alone or in coalition, since 1999 and what have we got to show for it? An education system which is failing our pupils and is an embarrassment despite the best efforts of schools and teachers. A NHS which is in chaos where patients wait far too long for treatment, where ambulance response times are appalling and where staff shortages have not been addressed for years.

In RCT they have broken just about every promise they made in their 2012 election manifesto. They said they would keep weekly black bag collections, not charge for bulky waste collections, protect seven day a week meals on wheels. They promised to protect the E£ youth services and of course to keep Pontypridd paddling pool. They lied.

Plaid support has been dwindling for some time and their performance at the Assembly is not helping. The Tories don't even realise RCT exists except at election time. We have two regional Tory AMs supposedly representing us - what do they do?

The Welsh Liberal Democrats are the only ones holding this Council to scrutiny, standing up against the injustices and sticking up for residents. We are not afraid to stand up and be counted, to speak out against the waste of public money, the lack of adequate services and the top heavy management structure that we believe exists in RCT Council.

You have a right to expect more on a local and national level. A better education system, a health service that delivers more, better social care, improved housing, an economic development policy that attracts more investment and creates more jobs, and representative that out the needs of this area and its residents first.

Fairness and equality are not just slogans for us, they are principles we firmly believe in. If you do too then why not join us? Get in touch and find out more via the link at the top of the page or email enquiries@rctlibdems.org.uk

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RCT Welsh Liberal Democrats

  • Article: Apr 20, 2014

    Even some of the most hardened anti - Tory residents in RCT will have applauded an announcement by Conservative Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles that he is to clamp down on Council newspapers in England. The Guardian reports that Mr Pickles is determined to stamp out Councils who use their taxpayer funded newspapers to peddle political messages. This is something that the Labour administration in Rhondda Cynon Taff have long been accused of.

  • Article: Apr 19, 2014

    When the consultation took place on the South wales Programme hospital reorganisation one of the main arguments people put forward in favour of retaining services at the Royal Glamorgan was the lack of adequate public transport.

    Yet this week Stagecoach have confirmed that they will be closing one of their depots and cutting back services. Amongst them will services between Pontypridd and Bridgend and Pontypridd and Merthyr.

  • Article: Apr 17, 2014

    "Omnishambles" was named as the word of the year by the Oxford English Dictionary in 2012. The word, which was coined in 2009 by the writers of BBC comedy The Thick of It, means "a situation which is shambolic from every possible angle."

    There is no word more appropriate to describe the mess that has been left trailing in the wake of RCT Labour Cabinet's decision to cut nursery education for three year olds from full to part time.

  • Article: Apr 17, 2014

    If like many others you are tired of the same old, same old in RCT, of a Labour party that pretends it is all about the people but which is increasingly becoming more and more self-centred, then why not do something about it.

    Why not join the Welsh Liberal Democrats and help us to fight back against the Labour waste, against a party that puts its own propaganda before public services. Fight back against a party that believes in jobs for the boys and putting its own elected members before the public they are supposed to represent.

  • Article: Apr 16, 2014

    Cwm Taf University Health Board has been awarded £1m funding from the Welsh Government to develop a psychiatric liaison service and acute assessment service at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital.

    The money is being made available through the Invest-to-Save Fund which is intended to provide short-term funding to enable public services to make 'transformational change' that will lead to long-term benefits.

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    Article: Apr 15, 2014

    The bulldozers are moving in on Pontypridd paddling pool as preparatory works for the renovation of the lido in Ynysangharad Park gets under way.

    Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillor Mike Powell and his colleagues have been at the forefront of a long campaign to keep the paddling pool. He says

    "Many residents have been saddened by the sight of the paddling pool fenced off ready for the demolition squad to move in. This pool is part of Ponty's history, every bit as much as the lido, and thousands of people have very happy memories of days spent here.

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    Article: Apr 15, 2014

    Wales Online yesterday reported that Cardiff Council are, following a period of consultation, going to make changes to the catchment area for Ysgol Gynradd Gwaelod Y Garth. It means that children from Taffs Well and Nantgarw will no longer live in the catchment area for that school from next year.

    The decision marks the end of an arrangement which has existed for more than four decades and is causing considerable anger amongst parents whose children are affected.