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April 2018

Innovative website to support bowel cancer patients and educate staff

A web-based suite of educational resources has been developed by a consultant surgeon in Merthyr Tydfil to support patients through complex illnesses.

New community clinicsi in Cynon and Rhondda helping to speed up blood tests for patients

The launch of additional children’s phlebotomy clinics within the community is helping to speed up waiting times and allowing patients to receive more care closer to home.


RCT Youth Celebration

Young people in Rhondda Cynon Taf have been recognised for their achievements throughout the year at the annual awards. 

Free childcare offer extended

Working parents are set for a boost as Rhondda Cynon Taf Council confirms it will extend its free childcare and early years education to ALL eligible three and four year olds in the county borough by the end of 2018. 

GP crisis worsens as number working in Wales reaches lowest since 2013

New figures published in an annual report by the Welsh Government have shown that the number of registered GPs working in Wales is at its lowest since 2013.

Mind over matter

A report on the step change needed in emotional and mental health support for children and young people in Wales

The Children, Young People and Education Committee of the National Assembly for Wales has published a report on children and adolescent mental health.

Welsh Government transport funding boost for Rhondda Cynon Taf

The Council will benefit from a further £2.67m funding for Highways and Transportation schemes in 2018/19 from the Welsh Government – which in addition had also allocated a separate £1.5m to the Mountain Ash Cross Valley Link in late March 2018.

Information Commissioner prosecutes councillor over Freedom of Information Act offences

The Information Commissioner’s Office is prosecuting a councillor at Thanet District Council under section 77 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Cllr Suzanne Brimm, who represents the Birchington South Ward, has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Cwm Taf dietitians train staff in care homes on nutritional needs for residents

Dietitians are now providing a training service to staff who work in care homes in the Cwm Taf area to ensure that residents are receiving the correct nutrition and hydration for their needs.

Development of approximately 10,100m² of Class B1, B2 and B8 on LAND TO THE WEST OF BRYN PICA WASTE DISPOSAL SITE, LLWYDCOED


Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council

Notice in effect from 26 April 2018 until 02 May 2018


Application No:- 18/0302/08


Applicant:- Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC


Carers Wales Response to the Older People's Commissioners Report On Respite

Carers Wales has responded to the Older People's Commissioner for Wales' report on 'Rethinking Respite for People Affected by Dementia'.

Carers Wales would like to see the following:

Aberdare Community Hub at St Mair’s Day Centre


Below Taken from Age Connects Morgannwg Website


Cynon Linc Background


Mountain Ash Community Hub proposal agreed

Cabinet has agreed to proposals to introduce a Community Hub model to deliver a range of services in Mountain Ash – which will retain and improve upon the current offer in the town.






CTHB Team Wales physiotherapists share their experience with us!

Physiotherapists Ciara Horne, Bethan Dursley and Emma Fox have landed safely on home soil after spending time with Team Wales for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.

‘One stop shop’ for day surgery cases at Prince Charles Hospital

A new pre-assessment process is saving patients potentially weeks of waiting for a day surgery procedure after their initial consultation.

The pilot scheme, which started in March 2018, is being trialled in the day surgery unit at Prince Charles Hospital.

Is the M4 relief road the first casualty of Labour’s leadership contest?

The M4 relief road was thrown into doubt this afternoon, after outgoing First Minister – Carwyn Jones – refused to commit the Welsh Government to its preferred ‘Black Route’.

MOT Rule Changes 20 May 2018

The MOT test will change on 20 May 2018, with new defect types, stricter rules for diesel car emissions, and some vehicles over 40 years old becoming exempt.  The changes will affect cars, vans, motorcycles and other light passenger vehicles in England, Scotland and Wales – the MOT Test works dif






Welsh councils warn of £344m funding gap for social care by 2022

The funding gap in Welsh social services will jump by a whopping three-and-a half times by 2020-2021, the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) has warned.

A report submitted by the WLGA and the Association of Directors of Social Services (ADSS) to the Welsh Government noted a £344m i

PSPO to control alcohol-related anti-social behaviour agreed

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council have agreed proposals to introduce a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) to control alcohol-related anti-social behaviour in Rhondda Cynon Taf, following a consultation with residents.

Long waiting times down to lack of doctors for Welsh patients

'Disappointing' waiting times for Welsh patients are because of a lack of doctors, the chair of BMA Welsh council has said.

Latest statistics show that Wales is behind England in six out of the 11 main categories for procedures and diagnosis.

Councils need a ‘zero tolerance’ policy on fly-tipping, union says. But will this happen with Rhondda Cynon Taf Council?

Local authorities must adopt a ‘zero tolerance’ policy on fly-tipping, union says as a new study reveals nearly £60m was spent in England clearing up in one year.

An analysis of data about 47 councils in the East of England has found there were 75,447 incidents of fly-tipping in 2016-17,

Weird and Wonderful Wales: The Water Towel Mural

A 50ft high mural celebrating Welsh legends has been completed on the iconic Grade II listed Water Tower outside Cardiff Central Railway Station.


Fun for all the family at Aberdare Festival

Aberdare Festival is back over the Spring Bank Holiday Weekend, with lots of fun and attractions for all the family.

The Council is once again hosting Aberdare Festival in the grounds of Aberdare Park on Saturday, May 26.Gates open from 11am until 5pm.

A report on Hirwaun Primary School Glannant Street Hirwaun

About Hirwaun Primary School Hirwaun Primary School is in Rhondda Cynon Taff. There are 250 pupils on roll aged 3 to 11 years. Pupils are organised into nine classes, five of which are mixed age. Around 37% of pupils are eligible for free school meals.

Prosecution by council over waste dumping sees business fined £35k

A business in Brent has been ordered to pay more than £36,000 in fines and costs after being found guilty of illegally dumping waste on a number of occasions.

Ommegas Services Limited, of 270 Church Lane in Kingsbury, was found guilty at Willesden Magistrates Court on 10 April 2018.






Obesity levels among four and five-year-olds in Wales increase

Latest Child Measurement Programme statistics reveal a rise in the number of obese four to five year olds over the last two yearsToday (Thursday 19 April) results from the 2018 

Welsh Labour warned against “dangerous & unprecedented” attempt to silence National Assembly debate

The first minister has threatened legal action to stop the publication of a report into whether details about a cabinet reshuffle were leaked before the death of Carl Sargeant.

Police Use Unmarked HGV

All four Police forces in Wales are using an unmarked HGV to catch dangerous drivers.  The Operation Tramline lorry started being used in England three years ago and will now also tour Wales.

Carers offered free advice on respite relief

CARERS in Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) who look after friends or loved-ones are next month (May, 2018) being offered free advice on respite relief by a care agency in the area.


Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Cabinet to consider three-year Community Hub programme

Cabinet will discuss a proposed programme to introduce Community Hubs in up to 10 local communities – and consider approving the first projects in Ferndale and Mountain Ash.

New figures show it is becoming harder to book a GP appointment in Wales

New figures from the National Survey of Wales show one in five people struggled to book time at their surgery in Wales during 2016-17.


Welsh Conservatives turn to Government of Wales Act to force publication of leak inquiry report

Welsh Conservatives have tabled a new motion calling on the Welsh Government to publish the leak inquiry report using powers available to the National Assembly under the Government of Wales Act.

Blooming Marvellous Garden Centre Open For Season!

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council's lovely Maesnewydd Garden Centre is once again in full bloom and open to residents who want to grab a bargain and support the ongoing training and employment of adults with learning disabilities.

Customer complaints lead to Trading Standards Prosecution

A businessman who offered customers home surveys when he was not registered to do so has been prosecuted by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council.

Ongoing inconsistencies of Applications and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards for authorisations (DoLS) Across Wales, report finds

Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) and Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) oes jointly published eu annual report on defnydd monitro Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards of the (DoLS) in Wales.

More than 2,000 council staff earn over £100,000

More than 2,300 council employees were paid more than £100,000 in 2016-17, according to the latest ‘town hall rich list’.

The research, published by the TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA)

Welsh NHS patients still condemned to longer waits than in England

Waiting times in the Welsh NHS continue to lag behind the health service in England in most key categories for treatment and diagnosis – according to the latest statistics.


Councils need more effective legal system for serious fly-tipping offences: LGA. But will it work for Rhondda Cynon Taf Council?

Councils need a faster and more effective legal system which means fly-tippers are given hard-hitting fines for more serious offences, the Local Government Association has said.


HC-One’s Meadowlands in Aberdare, Rhondda Cynon Taf, is looking forward to welcoming neighbours and local residents into the home to celebrate the sixth annual Care Home Open Day on 21st April.


Literature for Wellbeing Funding Scheme

Literature Wales has announced its investment in creative writing activities which aim to encourage engagement and inclusion in communities across Wales.


Town Centre Maintenance Grant applications accepted for 25 properties

At least 25 properties in Tonypandy and Mountain Ash are benefitting from a new Town Centre Maintenance Grant to improve property fronts – and the Council is still accepting new applications.

‘My Wales’ at the Wales International Documentary Festival 2018’

Diverse Cymru are pleased to announce that we will be part of the Wales International Documentary Festival that is taking place at the

Blackwood Miners' Institute from the 18th until the 20th April.


A4059 resurfacing at Mountain Ash requires weekend road closure

The Council will soon complete the main resurfacing of the whole A4059/Cwm Cynon Industrial Estate junction as part of the Mountain Ash Cross Valley Link Scheme – which is likely to cause disruption.

Government to set 10-day timeline for local authority searches

A timeline of 10 days is to be set for local authority searches, Housing Secretary Sajid Javid has announced.

The State of Roads in Wales

The Welsh Government Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee has agreed to undertake an inquiry into the State of Roads in Wales.

Baby Teeth DO Matter

Have you taken your child to the dentist lately?

The health board is aiming to improve the oral health of children in Cwm Taf aged between 0 – 7 years old and have implemented a campaign ‘Baby Teeth DO Matter’.

Cynon Linc Project at St Mair’s building Aberdare

Over the last two years we have worked with Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, Cwm Taf University Health Board, partners from the third sector and the local community on plans to develop St Mair’s Day Centre in Aberdare into an innovative, inclusive community hub.

Safe children: together we’ve got this

Child Safety Week runs from 4th to 10th June 2018 with the aim of reducing the numbers of children killed or seriously injured by accidents.

National database of rogue landlords goes live

A national database of landlords convicted of a range of housing, immigration and other criminal offences such as leasing overcrowded properties, fire and gas safety offences and unlawful eviction, has gone live.

Go along to Pontypridd Museum on April 14th to share your memories of Y Bwthyn

Macmillan Cancer Support and Cwm Taf University Health Board are working together to transfer the services at Y Bwthyn in Pontypridd Cottage Hospital to a new state-of-the-art palliative care unit within the grounds of the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Llantrisant. 

Rolling stock depot on the existing Garth Works Industrial Estate site Taffs Well



Town and Country Planning Act 1990

Welsh Office Circular 32/92

Application for Major Development


Application No: 18/0314/34


Applicant: Transport for Wales


Industrialisation Of The Canyons, Torfaen

Open Space Society has objected to an application from Peakman Ltd to develop Mynydd Llanhilleth Common, near Abertillery in Torfaen, South Wales.

12+ hour A&E waits up 21% as AM warns of ‘protracted crisis’

New data for 2016/17 has revealed the highest number of Welsh A&E patients facing waits of more than 12 hours to be treated.

According to Welsh Government ‘summary data’ there were 1,003,710 attendances to Accident & Emergency departments in 2016/17 – an average of 2,750 a day.

Students and emergency services deal with mock road accident

IT'S the stuff of nightmares, but for professionals dealing with the aftermath of a major road accident, it’s an all-too-regular part of everyday life.

Here we go again, Council merger plans back on table

The reorganisation of Councils is back on the agenda of Labour at Cardiff Bay. Minister for Local Government Alun Davies has just put out a rehash of the proposals first suggested by Leighton Andrews which would see RCT merge with Bridgend and Merthyr.

Safe children: together we’ve got this

Child Safety Week runs from 4th to 10th June 2018 with the aim of reducing the numbers of children killed or seriously injured by accidents.

Developing the Practice Nurses of the future

A new training model aims to encourage undergraduate students to consider the role of a practice nurse in their future careers.

Wales Volunteer of the Year Awards

Nominations are now open for the Wales Volunteer of the Year Awards 2018!

Changes to benefits in Wales 2018

From the 9th April 2018, benefit rates change across both the UK and Wales.

Below we have compiled a list of the most common benefits and the rate changes (if applicable). For a full list, click on this link: 

News from the Board Cwm Taf University Health Board April 2018

Cwm Taf University Health Board held its latest Board meeting on March 29th at Ynysmeurig House in Abercynon. This bulletin sets out the key messages from the meeting about healthcare provision in Cwm Taf.