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So why should you get behind RCT Welsh Lib Dems? Well we believe that Rhondda Cynon Taff deserves more at a local and national level. There is so much going on that is simply not fair.

It's not fair that our children do not all get a first rate education in schools fit for the purpose, or that nursery education was cut by half denying many a better start in life.

It's not fair that services such as special baby care, paediatrics trauma services are being cut from our local hospital and centralised elsewhere.

It's not fair that whilst neighbouring authorities such as Merthyr and Caerphilly are attracting new business and expanding their retail outlets our high streets are dying.

It's not fair that so many have to travel outside the area for work whilst others cannot because of a public transport system that does not meet their needs.

We could go on, but you get the drift. It is what drives us as a party - a desire to see more equality, to see a better standard of living for people in RCT, a fairer society for us all.

It is why RCT Welsh Liberal Democrats were at the frontline fighting the plans to cut nursery education, to create 3 - 16 schools in the Rhondda and Tonyrefail, to cut services at the Royal Glamorgan. All pushed through by the Labour party - the alleged party of the working class. Well not any more.

If you care about your community then there is only one party working for you - the Welsh Liberal Democrats. Join us now and let's fight for a better RCT together.

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  • Article: Apr 30, 2017

    The Labour party slogans are appearing on billboards and leaflets across the county - #ambitious4rct. But are they? Really? Or does their ambition centre more on themselves and getting even more Labour Councillors elected so they can get again ride roughshod over the residents of RCT?

    They promised all sorts of things prior to the last election, and failed to keep their word. They cut front line services including nursery provision, meals on wheels, day centres, libraries, youth provision and a raft of other things because of the millions they said they needed to save, but yet suddenly in election year they have found a load of money for give aways - or bribes as some may see them.

  • Article: Apr 20, 2017

    The Labour Cabinet made ruthless cuts just after the last election and blamed it all on the UK Government.

    They cut nursery education, closed libraries and paddling pools, cut back on meals on wheels and youth facilities.

    RCT Welsh Liberal Democrats, whilst not opposing some of the more sensible cuts, fought against many of these changes which adversely affected so many residents - the cuts to nursery education being one of the main things.

  • Article: Apr 19, 2017

    The Cwmclydach Development Trust, chaired since its inception by Karen Roberts, is leading the way when it comes to green energy in the area.

    Karen, a candidate in the Council election on 4th May, says she is extremely proud of what the Trust has achieved.

    "A few years ago a proposal was put forward by one of our enthusiastic Communities First officers that we should install a micro hydro generator in the area. Always willing to push the boundaries a bit, the Trust agreed and after a great deal of work by Phil Jenkins in particular, and a huge amount of red tape, we received a grant for £400,000 from the UK government to make it happen.

  • Article: Apr 18, 2017

    Our priorities for RCT as we head into the Council elections on May 4th are as follows:

    • Protect schools from cuts and make sure more is spent on front line education not back room staff.
    • Cut spending on Council publicity and put more money into front line services.
    • Further cut senior management and stop paying excessive salaries and huge golden handshakes to retiring officers.
    • Bring empty properties back into use to help provide affordable housing.
    • Carry out an urgent review of social care which is not meeting demand.
    • Ensure proper regeneration of our town centres actually takes place.
    • Make sure a closer eye is kept on council spending and they are getting value for money on purchases.
    • Look to bring back full time nursery education.
    • Invest more in facilities for young people.
    • Consult with and listen to residents on decisions that affect them locally.
  • Article: Apr 17, 2017

    There has been a huge amount of fuss in the last few weeks over the 3G pitch at Sardis Road, home of Pontypridd RFC. Following a game there between Merthyr RFC and RGC, which saw Merthyr knocked out of the cup, Merthyr coach Lee Jarvis tweeted pictures of injuries that he complained his players had received from the playing surface.

  • Article: Apr 7, 2017

    UKIP's fortunes continue to go from bad to worse as they hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons. In August of last year, just three months after being elected, one of their Assembly Members left their group in the Senedd to sit independently. Nathan Gill, AM for North Wales, is also a Member of the European Parliament - the one UKIP were so against.

  • Article: Apr 6, 2017

    Many of you will know me, personally or by name. Born and brought up in Park Street I went to Cwmclydach Infant and Junior schools, then Tonypandy Grammar.

    My family, Butler on one side, Watts on the other, were, and still are, well known locally.

    My Labour opponent claims I have abandoned Clydach by moving out of the ward - to Llwynypia! I moved around 18 months ago because I needed to buy a smaller property, but my community activities still centre around this village.