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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: Jul 15, 2017

    The Cabinet agenda for Tuesday 18th includes an outline plan to apply for government funding to, amongst other things, build two more "through schools."

    As RCT Welsh Lib Dems warned previously Chief Executive Chris Bradshaw and the Labour Cabinet are determined to push on regardless with plans to create merged primary and secondary schools throughout RCT.

  • Article: Jun 16, 2017

    Luisa Martin-Thomas, Senior Assistant Headteacher at Tonypandy Community College has won a prestigious Pearson Teaching Award Marking her as one of the best in the business .

    The Pearson Teaching Awards are an annual celebration of exceptional teachers, created to recognize the life-changing impact an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people they teach. Selected from thousands of nominations, Luisa is one of just 10 winners who will be celebrated on Thank a Teacher Day.

  • Article: Jun 7, 2017

    "Britain's poor face another round of painful benefit cuts. Labour would do little to reverse the Tories' regressive plans."

    So says The Economist who have endorsed the Liberal Democrats economic plans and now also say our social care plans are the best.

    "The welfare reforms are bad news for the 50%-plus of families in Britain that receive income from at least one benefit. The Institute for Fiscal Studies, a think-tank, reckons that the Tories' plans will reduce the net incomes of households in the bottom income decile by a tenth (see chart). The incomes of working-age folk with children in the bottom decile could end up fully 15% lower. The unemployment rate, at 4.6%, cannot fall much further, so the labour market will not offset the effects of these welfare changes, as it did in 2010-15. And there is little sign that cuts to in-work benefits, such as tax credits, prompt employers to bump up wages instead.

  • Article: Jun 7, 2017

    Tomorrow Britain goes to the polls to elect the next Westminster government and an election weary public get to choose their representative for however long the next session lasts.

    The media have from the start pushed this as a two horse race, May versus Corbyn, but really do you want either of those running the country unfettered by any other rational influence and scrutiny?

  • Article: Jun 6, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats are committed to doing more to prevent and tackle homelessness and rough sleeping in the UK. We want to see the establishment of a cross-party, national strategy to end homelessness by 2020

    The number of people sleeping rough in the UK rose to 4,134 in 2016, which is a 16% increase from the previous year, which in turn saw a 12% increase from the year before. There are many more people who do not show up in these statistics such as those who are staying with friends or family members, or living in squats often in very insecure and inappropriate accommodation. Research by Crisis suggests about 62% of single homeless people are hidden and may not show up in official figures. The hidden homeless are often subject to exploitation and risks to personal safety and health are high.

  • Article: Jun 6, 2017

    As the general election fast approaches candidates in RCT and elsewhere are getting lots of emails form people concerned about the environment and wanting to know what our policies are. As Liberal Democrats we believe that the environment must be at the top of the agenda, locally, nationally and globally. Climate change threatens our everyday lives and Liberal Democrats are determined that the UK should lead the fight against climate change on the international arena. We certainly cannot depend on Trump and his cronies to do anything.

  • Article: Jun 5, 2017

    The Labour party are certainly pushing the leaflets out for this election, barely a day goes by without yet another piece of paper through my door telling me that Mr Bryant has spoken in more debates than any other Welsh MP. I am not quite sure how that makes him a better representative for his constituents, but it seems to be the main thing he has to offer. Of course the Labour party have plenty of money to spend from the unions so, unlike the Lib Dems locally who have to fund raise amongst their own members for every penny, they can afford to throw it away on endless bits of paper.