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July 2020

Carers Wales launches 'Me Time' a new series of online activities

Carers Wales is delighted to announce a new series of online events to support the emotional well-being and mental health of unpaid carers in Wales.

High Court judge quashes decision of Rhondda Cynon Taf council to implement major school reorganisation

A High Court judge has quashed a decision by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council to implement proposals for a wide-ranging re-organisation of primary, secondary and sixth-form education in the Pontypridd area.

Care provider offers advice to elderly to avoid scams and fraudsters

STAFF at an award-winning Welsh care provider are (August 2020) offering free advice to the elderly on avoiding scams and fraudsters during the current climate.

 

Call for Evidence – the State of Children’s Rights in Wales

This year marks the start of the journey towards the next examination of government’s progress in implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

 

Consultant appointments without leaving your home

If you are a patient waiting to see a consultant, specialist nurse or therapist, at Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB you can now access your appointment via a secure video link without having to leave your home.

Bus stop upgrades between Aberaman and Abercynon

The Council has begun a series of improvements to bus stops at 30 locations on the B4275/A4054 route between Aberaman and Abercynon, utilising full funding from Welsh Government.

The Welsh Labour-led Government is running out of excuses for its testing debacle

Commenting on the latest testing statistics by Public Health Wales, the Shadow Minister for Health, Andrew RT Davies MS, said:

THANKS TO YOU ALL for turning social media Steelhouse NHS Hero blue over the weekend.

THANKS TO YOU ALL for turning social media Steelhouse NHS Hero blue over the weekend. We've loved seeing the pics of you all in your SH2020 shirts and we thought we should show you ours. 

Highway Code: your views needed to improve safety

Today (28 July 2020) a consultation has been launched seeking your views on proposed changes to the Highway Code. 

The review is being held by the Department for Transport, to improve safety for vulnerable road users, particularly the groups of:

Praise For The Diana Award Recipients

The two Rhondda Cynon Taf recipients of The Diana Award 2020 have been inundated with messages of goodwill and support from family members, politicians, teachers and celebrities.

Win your very own puppet in Tenovus Cancer Care’s raffle

Foxglove puppets have kindly offered one lucky winner the chance to win a bespoke puppet.  The puppet can be of you, a family member, friend or even your pet! You can enter the raffle on Just Giving and one entry is only £5 https://rb.gy/wtseqj

HMRC urges parents to claim Child Benefit

Parents in Wales are being urged to claim Child Benefit, even if they have not yet been able to register the birth of their new-borns, to ensure they don’t miss out.

 

Velindre University NHS Trust to host first virtual Board meeting

Velindre University NHS Trust will hold its first virtual Board meeting in public on Thursday 30 July.

Tax credits deadline: customers at risk of losing out

Tax credits customers have just one week left to tell HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) about changes to their circumstances or income before the deadline on 31 July 2020.

 

Police and Crime Commissioner’s publicity spending increases by 280%. Well its only public money so who cares

Police Act 1829 established a full-time, professional and centrally police force. No Police and crime commissioners until 22 November 2012 do we need the

£209m wasted annually on rough-sleeping initiatives in Wales

Mark Isherwood MS – the Shadow Minister for Local Government and Housing – has reacted with concern to a 

Independent report finds homes created under PDR offer worse residential environments

Homes created under permitted development rights (PDR) conversions offer worse residential environments than those converted under normal planning permission, research for the Government has found.

COMPULSORY PURCHASE OF LAND AND NEW RIGHTS BETWEEN DOWLAIS TOP AND HIRWAUN

HE WELSH MINISTERS (THE NEATH TO ABERGAVENNY TRUNK ROAD (A465) (ABERGAVENNY TO HIRWAUN DUALLING AND SLIP ROADS) AND EAST OF ABERCYNON TO EAST

More than 100 years to pay back M4 Relief Road Waste

A Freedom of Information request by the Welsh Conservatives on the now defunct M4 Relief Road scheme has found that a total of 29 houses were purchased for £15,277,202 through compulsory purchase orders i

Amazing Recycling Efforts in RCT

Thank you to RCT residents who have kept up their amazing recycling efforts during these unprecedented times.

The Council are continuing to collect tonnes of recycling every week and the Streetcare team have gone above and beyond to ensure that collections have continued.

CWMDARE ROAD, ABERDARE VARIATION AND WAITING RESTRICTIONS

RHONDDA CYNON TAFF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL

(CWMDARE ROAD, ABERDARE) (VARIATION AND WAITING RESTRICTIONS) ORDER 2020

 

Shadow Health Minister slams plans for ‘redesigning access’ to A & E services

“The Minister’s plans are not a bright new dawn for NHS Wales, but will lead to more of the same failures.”

In Wales, shoddily worded regulations have given some legitimacy to these unlawful practices with apparent encouragement from local authorities.

Our general secretary Kate Ashbrook considers life for the Open Spaces Society during the lockdown.

As lockdown began, I foolishly thought we would have time to catch up with all those long-deferred jobs.  I was wrong: we have been busier than ever.

A cannabis factory in Rhondda led police to further factories in Cardiff and Newport on Sunday (19 July).

Officers forced entry to a house on East Road in Tylorstown after neighbours reported suspicious activity and a distinctive smell coming from the property.

Bedrooms in the end of terrace house were being used to grow and dry approximately 100 plants at the address.

Home Office issues guidance on ‘Community Trigger’ ASB case reviews

The Home Office has published guidance on the anti-social behaviour case review – also known as the “Community Trigger”.

Hirwaun Post Office finalist in ‘We’re Stronger Together’ awards for service during Covid-19 pandemic

  • Hirwaun Post Office finalist in Better for Customers category at the Post Office’s ‘We’re Stronger Together’ regional awards for Northern Ireland and Wales
  • Awards recognise efforts made by postmasters across the region to keep branches open during Covid-19 pandemic and serving their

Andrew Davies from Aberaman jailed for the manslaughter of Luke Williams

Andrew Davies, 52, of Aberaman, was sentenced to nine years in prison for the manslaughter of Luke Williams at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court today (Friday, 17 July, 2020).

School return arrangements confirmed for Rhondda Cynon Taf September 2020

Parents and carers have received a letter from the Education and Inclusion Service Director explaining the local ‘back to school’ plan for the 2020/21 academic year – with schools across Rhondda Cynon Taf opening for a phased return from September 3. 

Chris Packham launches the Big Butterfly Count across Wales and the UK

Big Butterfly Count 2020 launches today: Has nature helped you through the last few months? It’s time to return the favour says Chris Packham

National Lottery supports Welsh charity as it readies itself for domestic abuse spike.

A Welsh charity that provides second-hand furniture and electrical goods to those in need is readying itself for a huge spike in demand due to domestic abuse during lockdown.

The quest to tackle illegal off road biking across Merthyr Borough? What about Cynon Valley?

 

Local Policing Inspector Jon Duckham and Leader of the Merthyr Borough Council Kevin O'Neill united in the quest to tackle illegal off road biking across Merthyr Borough.

HMRC: latest statistics CJRS and SEISS

Please find links below to updated (to 30 June) stats for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).

 

Mountain Ash man, 20, jailed following crash in which in cousin died

A 20 year-old man from Mountain Ash was jailed for causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving last week.
Ethan Roberts, of Jeffrey Street, was jailed for six months at Cardiff Crown Court on Friday, 10 July, 2020.

Welsh Government fires gun on procurement of new £60m solicitors services framework

The Welsh Government’s National Procurement Service has started the procurement of a new framework agreement for the provision of solicitors services to the Welsh public sector.

Care is job for life in Wales – those made redundant by COVID-19 urged to apply

A WALES home care provider says care roles represent jobs for life in economically uncertain times and with the threat of a recession following in the aftermath of COVID-19 (July, 2020).

 

Face coverings should be mandatory from today, not in a fortnight’s time

Shadow Covid Recovery Minister Darren Millar MS has welcomed the First Minister’s announcement that face coverings will become mandatory from July 27 – a move Welsh Conservatives have repe

Three further libraries to reopen later this week

The Leader of the Council has made a statement about the intention to re-open the next stage of the Council’s library services – extending to three further branches on Thursday, July 16.

Agenda to ease lockdown

Following the announcement today (July 10) ending the latest three-week period of lockdown caused by the Covid pandemic, Paul Davies MS – Leader of the Opposition in the Welsh Parliament – said:

Police in Aberdare seized lock knives from a man who they stopped on the A4059

Police in Aberdare seized lock knives from a man who they stopped on the A4059 in the early hours of this morning.
Officers were patrolling when they noticed a car veering across the centre line of the A4059 so they pulled the driver over.

RCT Council Children's play areas will begin to reopen from July 20

The Council Leader has made a statement in relation to the reopening of children’s play areas in Rhondda Cynon Taf, following the First Minister’s announcement earlier today.

Millions needed to get stroke research back on track

UK’s leading stroke charity warns research faces long-term threat due to coronavirus pandemic

Court of Appeal upholds "unparalled" Housing (Wales) Act 2014 eviction rules

Welsh law means that a landlord who is unlicensed cannot lawfully serve an eviction notice on tenants, the Court of Appeal has found.

Bedtime MRI scans for children cut waiting times and anxiety levels

A new ‘bedtime’ MRI scanning service for young children is reducing the need for general anaesthetic and dramatically cutting waiting times at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend.

RCT Libraries Extend Order And Collect Service

The Council’s Library Service is extending its new ‘Order and Collect’ service to include three more of its branches, with effect from Thursday, July 16.

Penrhiwceiber Mountain Ash Road Closures

RHONDDA CYNON TAFF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL

(VARIOUS ROADS, MOUNTAIN ASH)

(TEMPORARY TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS) ORDER 2020

 

Ton Pentre’s Darren helps Army’s Covid-19 operation

A Ton Pentre man who was called up to help in the Army’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic has returned to his day job.

Community schools families and communities at the heart of school life

Recommendations

To realise the vision for effective community schools in Wales in a strategic and sustainable way:

Schools should:

Couple’s Cambrian Way challenge for charity

A DARING duo of Welsh Ambulance Service staff are taking the high road and walking the length of Wales – all for charity.

Welsh Government fiasco on Covid-19 testing

Responding to comments by the Welsh Government Health Minister regarding Covid-19 test result delays, Welsh Conservative Shadow Health Minister Angela Burns MS said:

Sexual health home tests prove valuable tool during lockdown

People in Cwm Taf Morgannwg are now able to order sexual health testing kits online and carry out the tests in the privacy of their own home.

 

A Welsh Consultant shares the impact the virus has had on his personal and professional life

As a consultant hepatologist at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, my day job before Covid-19 often involved many face-to-face patient reviews, ambulatory unit hot clinics (where patients can access same-day care), endoscopies and multidisciplinary teams.

RCTC Cabinet Receives Update on Social Distancing Measures

Cabinet Members have received an update on the changes made to help residents maintain social distancing within popular public spaces – including markings and signage within Town Centres and parks.

A new Chief Executive.appointed to Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board has successfully appointed a new Chief Executive.

60 kilos of cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin with a street value of an estimated £6 million and £25,000 in cash has been seized in police raids

More than 60 kilos of cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin with a street value of an estimated £6 million and £25,000 in cash has been seized in police raids across southern Wales after a massive breakthrough by UK law enforcement agencies took down a bespoke encrypted global communication service u

Aberdare to Hirwaun new rail line or new road thats the question?

Below is part of a press release put out by the Labour-controlled Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, what would seem unusual is the wording in some parts of the report.

 

 “WelTAG 1 study on options to extend public transport from Aberdare Station to Hirwaun”

 

DOWLAIS TOP TO HIRWAUN DUALLING AND SLIP ROADS

THE WELSH MINISTERS (THE NEATH TO ABERGAVENNY TRUNK ROAD (A465) (ABERGAVENNY TO HIRWAUN DUALLING AND SLIP ROADS) AND EAST OF ABERCYNON TO EAST OF DOWLAIS TRUNK ROAD (A4060) AND CARDIFF TO GLAN CONWY TRUNK ROAD (A470) (CONNECTING ROADS) (DOWLAIS TOP TO HIRWAUN)) (SUPPLEMENTARY) (NO.1) COMPULSORY P

Footpath Closure Trecynon

RHONDDA CYNON TAFF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL

(FOOTPATH 18 ABERDARE)

(TEMPORARY CLOSURE) ORDER 2020

 

Tax Credits: It’s time to update your award

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding tax credits customers that they need to tell HMRC about any changes in their circumstances or income by 31 July. 

 

£500 bonus: two months on, and no-one has received it WHY?

The Labour-led Welsh Government’s £500 bonus for care, health, and other key workers – which was announced two months ago today – has still yet to be paid to a single person.

Commenting, Janet Finch-Saunders – the Shadow Minister for Social Care – said:

Shadow Minister echoes Commissioner’s call for a care-home action plan

Janet Finch-Saunders MS has echoed calls made by the Older People’s Commissioner for the Labour-led Welsh Government to publish an action plan to protect and support older people living