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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: Feb 6, 2017

    2RCT Labour Cabinet will meet this week to discuss the budget for the coming year. On the table is a suggestion from officers that Council Tax be increased by 2.5%.

    Now it will, of course, be up to the Cabinet members whether or not they say yes to this. Whilst the increase is smaller than we have seen in the earlier years of the current administration that will not be of any comfort to residents.

  • Article: Jan 30, 2017

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  • Article: Jan 26, 2017

    The latest ambulance response times for the quarter ending December 2016 were published this week. They show that at last the Welsh Government targets are being met, but are these targets stringent enough, and, despite the best efforts of ambulance staff, are patients still being let down?

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  • Article: Jan 23, 2017

    Welsh Liberal Democrat Education Secretary, Kirsty Williams, today announced a £36million investment aimed at reducing infant class sizes. The fund will be available to local authorities and will be directed at the frontline. Starting with the largest class sizes, it will target classes where teaching and learning needs to improve and where there are high levels of deprivation.

  • Article: Jan 18, 2017

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  • Article: Jan 18, 2017

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