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October 2021


The Carers Wales Team is proud to be partnering with the Staying Well at Work team  for two special virtual events on Friday, 5th November, 10am – 12pm and Wednesday, 10th, November 4.30pm – 6.30pm.

Representing Wales: Literature Wales’ Professional Development

for Under-represented Writers 


The second round of Literature Wales’ professional development programme for writers, Representing Wales, has been launched, with the aim of seeing writers from low-income backgrounds reach their long-term writing ambitions.

Mumbles Oyster Wharf stays public

The Open Spaces Society has welcomed the news that Oyster Wharf, part of the seafront at Mumbles, will remain a public place.

Welsh Labour’s NHS winter plan is a “copy and paste failure”

Commenting on the Labour Government’s plan to deal with winter pressures in Wales’ NHS, Welsh Conservative Russell George MS said:

Ground investigations at privately-owned Graig Ddu Tip in Dinas Rhondda

The Council has appointed a contractor to carry out ground investigations at Graig Ddu Tip in Dinas.

A flood map for planning

The Cynon floodplain seems to be getting wetter. It is not clear why this is happening. It may be due to the closure of collieries that pumped groundwater to keep the pits dry, or it may be due to increased rainfall and runoff arising from climate change.

Controversial pavement parking Rhondda Cynon Taf

Is it time to make our streets safer for children on supposedly safe routes to school? A number of Councilors within the  Rhondda CynonTaf Council think it is.

Data on death notifications involving COVID-19

Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) today published data showing COVID-19 death notifications received from individual adult care homes in Wales between 1 January 2020 and 30 June 2021.

‘The joy of my job has gone’ Royal colleges call for national action to prepare for winter

As the Welsh NHS enters a second pandemic winter, 17 medical royal colleges and faculties have come together with a joint statement calling for national action on workforce shortages, health inequalities and the NHS backlog (attached). 

South Wales Police dismantled two cannabis factories in Tonypandy and Treherbert.

Police in Rhondda have dismantled two cannabis factories.
Acting on concerns from local residents, officers seized cannabis plants from houses in Tonypandy and Treherbert.
Three men were arrested at the property in Tonypandy after trying

Wales still languishes at bottom of disposable income table

New statistics have revealed that Wales had the lowest disposable household income in the UK before the pandemic struck, leading to accusations by the Welsh Conservatives that the Labour Government in Cardiff Bay “is not paying off for the people of Wales”.

Welsh Conservative comment on “devastating” health board report

A report by the Royal College of Physicians has uncovered “frightening experiences” for staff in Gwent hospitals, where some trainee doctors and consultants are “scared to come to work”.

Theatr Iolo and Hyderabad Children's Theatre Festival launch international playwriting competition for children and young people.

Following the success of last year’s inaugural competition, Theatr Iolo have announced they will be running their Young Playwrights’ Competition for a second year this autumn.

Labour’s economic mission “admission of its own failures”

The Cardiff Bay Labour Government launched its vision for the Welsh economy today which amounted to “an admission of a quarter of a century of failure”, according to the Welsh Conservatives.

Military to support Welsh Ambulance Service from tomorrow

 THE Armed Forces will begin to support the Welsh Ambulance Service from tomorrow.

Sporting Memories Club Volunteers Required

St Winifreds, Heol Bryn Gwyn, Penywaun, Aberdare, CF44 9BB

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to facilitate weekly Sporting Memories clubs for people aged 50+.

Conservative statement on ex-hospital chief “people will die” comments

For the second time this week, someone with top-level experience at NHS Wales has warned about the current state of the health service.

Half term closure of Miskin Road and Mountain Ash Southern Cross Valley Link

The Council is advising residents and road users of remedial work required at Miskin Road in Mountain Ash, which also requires day-time closures of the Cross Valley Link – scheduled for the school half term to minimise disruption.

Upcoming site activity at the Wattstown Standard Tip

Important work will shortly begin at the Wattstown Standard Tip to manage the potential for a future landslip at the privately-owned site – thanks to a partnership between The Coal Authority, Welsh Government and the Council. 

Cwm Taf Morgannwg launches Menopause@CTM for staff on World Menopause Day

On World Menopause Day (October 18), Cwm Taf Morgannwg (CTM) University Health Board is delighted to be launching a new Menopause support service for staff, to have a better understanding of menopause and how it affects relationships and families. This service is open to both men and women.

£250m of taxpayers’ cash spent on supply teachers across Wales

More than £250 million has been spent on supply teachers in schools across Wales since 2016, new figures have revealed.

Welsh Conservatives said that while supply teachers are a necessity now more than ever, the amount of taxpayer money spent is extremely concerning.

Wales Labour Health Minister has said she "can't rule out" routine NHS services being suspended during the winter months.

Conservative response to potential cancellation of NHS operations

Labour’s Health Minister in Cardiff Bay has said she "can't rule out" routine NHS services being suspended during the wi

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board welcomed the appointment of new Independent Board Member Lynda Thomas

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board Chair, Emrys Elias, has welcomed the appointment of new Independent Board Member Lynda Thomas, by the Minister for Health and Social Services.

Stagecoach Dispute Unite Leader to stand with union members in dispute

Unite Wales members at Stagecoach are now set for significant industrial action following a breakdown in talks with ACAS.

One Million Illegal Cigarettes Seized

One million illegal cigarettes, with a street value of more than £200,000, have been seized in Wales as part of a major crackdown on the country’s illegal tobacco trade.  

Zouk Capital backs initial £30m investment in EV charging company Zest

By providing fast charging where people regularly park, and removing financial barriers for landowners, Zest is set to drive the mass adoption of electric vehicles in the UK.

First Minister denies appointment crisis as GP struggles worsen in Wales

Senedd Conservatives used First Minister’s Questions today to quiz Mark Drakeford on the difficulties facing those seeking face-to-face appointments with GPs.


Over 14 years pass and now South Wales Police say Drivers warned as police put brakes on vehicle asb in Aberdare

Police have stepped-up patrols in and around the Tesco car park in Aberdare following complaints from nearby residents about revving engines, speeding cars and screeching tyres.
Since the beginning of September, eight motorists who have been identified and caught

Welsh Conservative response to Covid regulations review

Commenting on the First Minister’s announcement regarding the three-weekly review of coronavirus regulations, Welsh Conservative Shadow Health Minister Russell George MS said:

Conservative response to HIW report on Welsh ambulance delays

Healthcare Inspectorate Wales has found 32,699 occasions in 2020/21 where ambulances took over an hour to transfer a patient from the vehicle to hospital, concluding “the issue of prolonged handover

Council tax warning

Councils are asking for more council tax money for less and less services council tax banding for RCT.


Band A 1,029.52           

Band A 1,235.42           

Band B 1,441.32           

Band C1,647.23

Band E1,853.13

Band D2,264.94

Band E2,676.74

Toll Road on A470 debate: Conservatives against, Plaid Cymru for!

There has been recent media attention surrounding the Welsh Government’s survey of residents on the potential for toll roads on the A470 at Upper Boat and the M4 at the Brynglas tunnels.

Welsh Conservative response to latest report on maternity scandal at Cwm Taf Health Board

Commenting on the publication of a report into the maternity scandal at Cwm Taf, Welsh Conservative shadow health minister, Russell George MS said:

New Aberdare Community Hub Open Its Doors.

The countdown to the long-awaited opening of Cynon Linc in Aberdare is over, the doors of the new inclusive hub opened its doors to the community on October 4th.

Go Pink this October for Tenovus Cancer Care

ctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Tenovus Cancer Care, Wales’ leading cancer charity, needs you to Go Pink on Friday 22nd October.


Rhondda Cynon Taf Communities affected by overnight flooding

A number of properties in Rhondda Cynon Taf - in areas including Trehafod, Cilfynydd, Tonyrefail and Rhydyfelin - have been affected by flooding overnight. 

Jjourney towards rigorous improvements in its maternity services CTM responds to IMSOP thematic review and progress report

As part of its journey towards rigorous improvements in its maternity services, Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB has made an official response to two reports published today, October 5, by the Independent Maternity Services Oversight Panel (IMSOP).

Time is running out for tax credits and Child Benefit customers with Post Office card accounts

From 1 December 2021, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will stop making payments of Child Benefit, Guardian’s Allowance and tax credits, into Post Office card accounts.


Diabetes UK Cymru looking for runners for the Swansea Half

Diabetes UK Cymru asks runners to sign up for iconic Swansea Half Marathon


New sentencing guidelines covering modern slavery and trade mark offences come into effect today

New sentencing guidelines for modern slavery offences and unauthorised use of a trade mark come into effect today (1 October 2021).