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December 2020

Children’s Task and Finish Group: update to 4 th Nov 2020 paper on children, schools and transmission 17 December 2020

Overall, accumulating evidence is consistent with increased transmission occurring amongst school children when schools are open, particularly in children of secondary school age (high confidence): multiple data sources show a reduction in transmission in children following schools closing for ha

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council statement – school opening arrangements from January 6

Schools will be closed to learners on Monday and Tuesday, January 4-5, allowing for a period of forward planning and assessment of staffing levels. 

Wales continues to fall behind in delivery of Covid-19 vaccine

Figures released today (31st December) show that from the 20th December to the 27th December, 12,433 vaccines were given to people resident in Wales. The percentage of the people vaccinated has gone up by 0.31% to see 34,509 people be vaccinated.

Statement from Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB on unprecedented pressures

The festive period has been extremely challenging for our staff. Numbers of COVID-19 patients needing hospital treatment have risen substantially in the past few weeks and in recent days we have seen those numbers reach their highest for many months.

Tesco shoppers in South Wales thanked for helping to donate more than a million meals

Generous Tesco shoppers across the UK have been thanked after donating more than 1.3 million meals to feed people in their communities amid this year’s Covid-19 pandemic, with customers in South Wales donating over 50,000 (56,097) meals.

RCT Council Christmas and New Year 2020/21 opening hours

The Council, including the customer contact centre, will be CLOSED from 4pm on Wednesday, December 23

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board Mental Health Services are here for you

We know that this is a difficult time and that Christmas and the festive break can increase feelings of loneliness and isolation.

Ynys Public Right of Way blocked again

I had this sent to me from Facebook  “No access to the Ynys from the Canal path Cwmbach blocked off due to flooding. Canal not looking too good either.”

Growing concerns over the Covid-19 vaccine roll out to over 80s in Wales

Commenting on the roll out of the Covid-19 vaccine in Wales, Welsh Conservative Shadow Health Minister, Andrew RT Davies MS, said:

Accessing health care over Christmas

If you have any health concerns over the Christmas period, your local healthcare team are here to help you.  Patients are urged to think carefully about which service is right for their needs and access the healthcare appropriate for them.


Important update for Hauliers on market access rules from 1 January 2021 if there is no Free Trade Agreement

We appreciate current circumstances are very challenging for the haulage sector.  We are working to ensure that the appropriate arrangements are in place for hauliers after the Transition Period ends.  We said we would keep you updated on changes that affect you. 

Plaid will establish an independent inquiry into the RCT flooding if elected to government in May

Earlier this year, communities in the Rhondda were turned upside down with the arrival of storms and heavy rainfall.

Hundreds of people had to flee their homes when water began gushing into their homes, and washing their cars down the street during the middle of the night.

Shielding "announcement does not go far enough"

Commenting on the news that those who were previously shielding are being told to no longer attend work or school outside of the home, Welsh Conservative Shadow Health Minister, Andrew RT Davies MS said:

A4059 drainage improvements between Penywaun and Trecynon

The Council will begin a significant drainage improvement scheme on the A4059 between Penywaun and Trecynon from January 4 – requiring temporary traffic lights on this section of road to safely carry out the work. 

As the festive period fast approaches, please think carefully about what you ‘should do’ rather than what you ‘can do’

A public service joint statement:

Coronavirus is spreading faster and wider in Wales than at any other point in this pandemic.

Our public services are under intense pressure as they work around the clock to care for andkeep people safe.

Why has the Welsh Government left £1.8 billion unspent in their latest budget when local council's claim they are short of cash?

With the Welsh Government publishing their budget today (21st December) for next year, Welsh Conservative Shadow Finance Minister, Nick Ramsay MS, has called on the Welsh Government to provide a budget which will implement a recovery plan for Wales, not just to see Wales through the Covid-19 pand

Court of Appeal allows appeal by RCT council over lawfulness of schools reorganisation decision


A Welsh council has won its appeal over whether a decision in relation to a major schools reorganisation programme was taken lawfully.

Patient and public survey for Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA)

We are inviting you to tell us about pharmacy services in your area. This is to help us plan for services for our patients now and in the future to make sure they meet your needs, using a process called a ‘Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment’.

Aberdare church distributes “bags of Christmas joy” to the lonely and isolated

The Parish of Aberdare have distributed over 90 bags of Christmas joy to people in the community who are lonely or isolated.

Diabetes UK appoints new trustee – Welsh athlete, Melanie Stephenson-Gray

Melanie Stephenson-Gray, 32, a sprinter, who represented Wales and was a torch bearer at the 2012 Olympic Games has been appointed as a Trustee to the Board of Diabetes UK.

Welsh stroke survivor shares their first glimmer of hope

Garry Rees, from Tredegar, is supporting the Stroke Association’s ‘Hope After Stroke’ Christmas appeal, after a stroke last December resulted in him spending Christmas in hospital.


Plaid Cymru said every time there is now heavy rainfall, people are naturally anxious. Nothing done to date has alleviated their fears.

Below is a Councillors review of the council's response to Storm Dennis weather or not all councillors were asked to respond is something I do not know the text was taken from a link posted on Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Website I have highlighted a few points.

An open letter to our CTM communities from our CEO

To our CTM communities,

Firstly, we would like to thank you for the support and the sacrifices you have made in what has been an incredibly tough year for us all. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of our lives and had devastating and tragic consequences for many families in CTM.


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council propose to make various Orders under Sections 1, 2, 4, 81, 82, 83 and 84 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (“the Act”) and all other enabling powers, the effect of which will be to:


South Wales Police are continuing to investigate a fatal road traffic collision which occurred on the A4061 Rhigos Road, Treherbert, last night.

Emergency services were called to the scene of the collision involving a blue Mazda car and an ambulance shortly after 7pm.The driver of the Mazda, a 47-year-old local man, died at the scene.

Have you seen Michael Hodkinson, 45, from Merthyr Vale who has been reported as missing.

Mr Hodkinson was last seen in the Aberfan area in the early hours of Friday 18th December.He is described as white, five feet five inches tall and of medium build. He is bald with a grey goatee beard, a piercing in his left ear and currently has bruising to left eye.

‘Staggering’: Shadow Health Minister’s reaction to PHW’s missing 11,000 test results

Commenting on the report that some 11,000 positive Covid tests were missed from official Public Health Wales (PHW) figures because of planned maintenance, the Shadow Health Minister – Andrew RT Davies – said:

Active Travel bridge at Coed Ely roundabout as part of A4119 dualling

Cabinet Members will receive a progress report on the future A4119 dualling scheme – including an important update on proposals for a new Active Travel bridge at Coed Ely roundabout.

Temporary changes of services at Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board with immediate effect

Joint Statement from Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board and Bridgend, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Councils


Estyn Pandemic may help to strengthen Welsh education in the longer term

Lessons learnt from this unusual and challenging year could help to strengthen aspects of Welsh education and training in the longer term, according to the Chief Inspector in his Annual Report 2019-20 published today.

A greater focus on learners’ wellbeing, resilience and independence, more experi

Latest COVID-19 outbreak update in Cwm Taf Hospitals

Royal Glamorgan HospitalLinked COVID-19 cases: 348Deaths in linked COVID-19 cases: 95*numbers correct as of 14/12/2020


Prince Charles HospitalLinked COVID-19 cases: 189Deaths in linked COVID-19 cases: 50*numbers correct as of 14/12/2020


Welsh Conservatives react to mass Covid testing in schools

Reacting to the announcement that  “serial Covid-19 testing” using lateral flow tests will be introduced in schools and colleges from January, the Shadow Minister for Education – Suzy Davies MS – said:

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council School reorganisation case sees Court of Appeal hear oral submissions in Welsh for first time

The Court of Appeal is thought to have heard oral submissions in Welsh for the first time during an appeal this month over a county council’s plans for school reorganisation.

The submissions were made by Owain Rhys James of Civitas Law on behalf of the Welsh Language Commissioner.

Shadow Minister welcomes £31m for flooding and coal tip repairs in Wales

Let's not forget large areas of Cynon Valley were flooded something permanent needs to be done about the culverts in Abercwmboi 

Work progresses on Dewi Sant Health Park

Work is underway on the final phase of the redevelopment of Dewi Sant Health Park in Pontypridd.

The Wales UNCRC Monitoring Group publish report for the United Nations, highlighting children’s rights priorities in Wales

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

Erection of 3 detached dwellings. Retention of existing dwelling BIRCHWOOD, LLWYDCOED ROAD Aberdare

Application No: 20/1337/10


Proposal: Erection of 3 detached dwellings. Retention of existing dwelling and associated works (re-submission of planning application 20/0409/10).




Crackdown on criminals using Rhondda’s roads

Vehicles were seized together with drugs and thousands of pounds in cash in an operation targeting Rhondda’s criminals on the weekend (5-6 Dec).Neighbourhood officers teamed up with South Wales Police’s roads policing officers to stop and search known criminals who are using Rhondda’s roads.Four veh

Latest COVID-19 outbreak update Cwm Taf

Royal Glamorgan HospitalLinked COVID-19 cases: 299Deaths in linked COVID-19 cases: 85*numbers correct as of 6/12/2020

Prince Charles HospitalLinked COVID-19 cases: 171Deaths in linked COVID-19 cases: 47*numbers correct as of 6/12/2020

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Good afternoon,

We’ve been in touch in the past about publications and information on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). We wanted to remind you that the extended version of the scheme now has monthly claim deadlines, which may be of interest to your readers/viewers/listeners.

Letter from Macmillan Cancer Support in Wales

The Covid-19 global pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges to our communities in Wales. Many people feel isolated, overwhelmed and afraid of what the uncertain future may hold.


RCTC Cabinet agrees amended option for future residential care provision

Cabinet has agreed to an amended option for future residential care provision – which will see nine Council-run care homes retained and modernised, including Garth Olwg (Church Village) and Ystradfechan (Treorchy). 

Remote learning confirmed for Rhondda Cynon Taf pupils on December 17 and 18

Schools in Rhondda Cynon Taf will only be open to high priority vulnerable learners and staff on December 17 and 18. All other learners will be provided with digital or distance learning opportunities and wellbeing support in the home setting on December 17 and 18.

Urgent call for clarity on how £58m to replace Grenfell-style cladding has been spent

Janet Finch-Saunders, MS the Welsh Conservative spokesperson on Building Regulations, has called for immediate clarification on how some £58 million the Welsh Labour-led Government has received from the UK Government to help homeowners and leaseholders pay for remedial work to high-rise buildings

Clinical Research Centre Photography Competition

A new Clinical Research Centre is due to open at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Llantrisant in January 2021, which will enhance the current research facilities at the health board.


A management buy-out (MBO) proposal has been submitted to the administrators of fashion retailer Peacocks and if successful has the potential to prevent UK-wide store closures and save 4,908 people from redundancy.

Make Christmas TV educational - top films to watch children

Do your children want to spend the festive holiday sprawled on the sofa watching Christmas films? Don’t despair: those old familiar favourites can be educational. Yes, really! Former primary school teacher Laura Steele of education resources experts 

Scheme to repair Penydarren Tramroad Bridge Trecynon submitted to Cadw

The Council has made important progress in the process to repair Penydarren Tramroad Bridge in Trecynon – and has submitted designs of a scheme to restore the Scheduled Monument for Cadw’s review.


Four men charged with drugs and firearms offences remanded in custodyFollowing a series of morning raids upon addresses in the Rhondda valley and in Neath, four men have been charged with drugs offences and appeared before Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates Court today (Thursday, 3 December, 2020).Daniel Sm


A new national resource has been launched in Wales on the WeCare.Wales website. The resource helps jobseekers improve their employability as well as helping employers identify people most suited to working in social care roles.

Morning Police drug raids in the Rhondda

Police made arrests and recovered what are believed to be class A drugs during a police operation this morning.Armed officers executed a series of raids targeting properties throughout the Rhondda valley, and also one in Neath.Four men have been arrested and are currently in police custody.In total,

Welsh Parliament have not been given the chance to democratically debate the imposition of Draconian and damaging new rules on the hospitality sector.

Andrew RT Davies – the Shadow Health Minister – has spoken of his disappointment that Members of the Welsh Parliament have not been given the chance to democratically debate the imposition of Draconian and damaging new rules on the hospitality sector.

New Transport for Wales trains being built. But when will they deliver?

Work is continuing on the construction of Transport for Wales’ new trains for the Wales and Borders rail network and the South Wales Metro despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Drakeford ignores hospitality industry leaders after inviting them to discuss proposals

Industry leaders in the pub and hospitality sector have contacted the Welsh Conservatives after responding to an invitation from the Welsh Labour-led Government to discuss new restrictions and their effect on the industry.


We are delighted to report that Mr David Church (Teacher of Religious Studies) has won the Pupil (or Pupils’) Award for Best Teacher at this year’s Professional Teaching Awards Cymru.

Latest COVID-19 outbreak update in Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Royal Glamorgan Hospital

Linked COVID-19 cases – 265

Deaths in linked COVID-19 cases – 74

*numbers correct as of 30/11/2020

Prince Charles Hospital

Linked COVID-19 cases- 164

Deaths in linked COVID-19 cases – 46