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May 2022

Welsh Labour spin doctor bill in the millions

A Freedom of Information request has revealed the Labour Government spend a million pounds a year of taxpayer money on press officers.

Have your say on potential project at former Chicken Factory site

The Council has also submitted a bid to the UK Government, under its “Levelling Up” Fund, to fund the construction of a 127 space Park and Share (potentially future P&R) facility at Llwydcoed as part of a first phase – this will include complementary elements such as a new Active Travel bridg

Unsafe staffing levels in Welsh A&Es

Figures uncovered by the Welsh Conservatives have revealed the crisis at the heart of Welsh A&E departments as every single one failed to meet safe staffing levels.

With 59 members of the RCT Labour Group, are the safest political group out of the 22 Local Authorities in Wales

At Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s 27th Annual General Meeting, which took place on Wednesday, May 26, 2022, Councillor Andrew Morgan (Mountain Ash) was re-elected as Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council.

The Bank Holiday plea as emergency worker assaults continue to rise

EMERGENCY workers in Wales are reminding the public to treat them with respect in the face of a continued rise in assaults.

Former National Poet of Wales honoured alongside Welsh graduates at Open University in Wales ceremony in Newport.

The celebrated poet, playwright and editor Gillian Clarke was presented with an honorary degree from The Open University (OU) in Wales during a graduation ceremony at the International Convention Centre (ICC) Wales in Newport earlier today.

Charity bikers take on capital challenge to raise money for Macmillan

‘Being Evel for a Good Cause’ – RIDE Capital Knievel charity bikers take on capital challenge to raise money for Macmillan

People have an opportunity to spot more than 50 Evel Knievel cape-wearing bikers on Welsh roads on Sunday 5 June.

Chaos at the Welsh money pit

Chaos at Cardiff Airport?

The Welsh Conservatives are shocked and disappointed to see passengers stranded in Cardiff Airport for more than 40 hours following flight disruption.

Think-tank recommends placing legal advice clinics in council offices to improve access to civil justice

Outcomes in civil justice would be improved for citizens if early interventions could be made by 'co-locating' legal clinics located in council offices, hospitals or GPS surgeries, according to a new report published by the Social Market Foundation (SMF).

Classic Car Show 2022

All roads will lead to A Welsh Coal Mining Experience at Rhondda Heritage Park next month, as plans gear up for the Classic Car Show 2022.

Father’s Day weekend is set to be a busy one at A Welsh Coal Mining Experience.

New Endoscopy Pilot at Royal Glamorgan Hospital

The endoscopy team at Royal Glamorgan Hospital is taking part in a pilot project aimed at transforming the way that endoscopies are performed, to reduce wait


++ Clwyd Community Primary School headteacher wins Silver Award in The Award for Headteacher of the Year in a Primary School ++


The long-awaited Minor Injuries Unit at Ysbyty Cwm Cynon has opened BUT not for Cynon Valley Kids WHY?

The long-awaited Minor Injuries Unit at Ysbyty Cwm Cynon has opened or has it? Reading below Cynon Valley now has a Minor Injuries Unit but not for all who reside in Cynon Valley.

Almost 18,000 families in Wales used Tax-Free Childcare in the last year

New Tax-Free Childcare statistics from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have revealed that 17,825 families in Wales received up to £2,000 towards the cost of their childcare during the 2021 to 2022 tax year, up from 12,270 in the previous year.


Coal Tip Safety (Wales) White Paper

Consultation description

The proposals aim to introduce a consistent approach to the management, monitoring, and oversight of disused coal tips. We are consulting on:

Family finances under major strain

Families with children are being faced with price rises of £400 per month on basic items such as food, rent and heating. The impacts of inflation are being felt sooner and harder by those on the lowest incomes, who spend a higher proportion of their incomes on essential items.

A statement on the exceptional demand across Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board.

A statement on the exceptional demand across our Health Board.

Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB’s Executive Medical Director, Dr Dom Hurford said:

“We are continuing to experience exceptional demand across the whole Health Board, particularly in our emergency departments (EDs).

Inappropriate TikTok Posts

It has come to our attention that some pupils at our school have been making and posting short videos and/or photographs of other pupils or staff online, with the express aim of humiliating and abusing them.  The majority of this content is on the TikTok App and has been uploaded using the school

“Justice delayed is justice denied”.

This phrase is usually used in the context of a court case or some kind of investigation, usually when someone has been accused of wrongdoing. But can it also apply to elsewhere?

More needs to be done at Cwm Taf University Health Board, say Welsh Conservatives

Following the publication of the Independent Maternity Services Oversite Panel’s April 2022 Progress Report, Welsh Conservatives say that more needs to be done.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council are only installing just 31 EV charging points at public car park sites this year

The Council is pleased to confirm that it has been working closely with the Cardiff Capital Region to secure funding to install public-use EV charging points at 31 car park sites across Rhondda Cynon Taf, to be installed throughout this year.

CTM UHB Board Meeting Notice - 26 May

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board is committed to openness and transparency, and conducts as much of its business as possible in a session that members of the public are normally welcome to attend and observe.  However, in light of the current advice and guidance in relation to Coronaviru

The Minor Injuries Unit at Ysbyty Cwm Cynon to reopen its doors part time next week

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board is delighted to announce the Minor Injuries Unit (known as the MIU) will reopen at Ysbyty Cwm Cynon (YCC) from next week, (Tuesday May 24).

The Bevan Commission launches the Planned Care Innovation Programme

Responding to the urgent challenges presented by Covid-19, the Planned Care Innovation Programme is supporting people working in the health and care sector to take forward innovative ideas, opportunities, and ways of working to improve planned care services across Wales.

Welsh Labour announce summit on building on floodplains Its a bit late for Cynon Valley

Welsh Conservatives welcome the announcement that the First Minister will be chairing a summit on the issue of phosphates and building on flood plains.

An inquiry into Welsh Labour’s £360 million Warm Homes Programme lacked scale, size and purpose

Welsh Conservatives have slammed Labour’s poor record on addressing fuel poverty, following the news that an inquiry into Labour’s £360 million 

The Council has now appointed a contractor to deliver the A4119 dualling scheme from Coed Ely to Ynysmaerdy

The Council has now appointed a contractor to deliver the A4119 dualling scheme from Coed Ely to Ynysmaerdy – and can confirm that the main construction phase is on course to start on site in late summer 2022.

Government to give councils the freedom to ban pavement parking in their own areas.

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to give councils the freedom to ban pavement parking in their own areas.

A new study by the sustainable transport charity Sustrans has revealed that just 56% of disabled people and 55% of residents on low incomes feel welcome when walking and w

Mark Drakeford said, there is no crisis in the food sector? I doubt he’s bothered on his salary of £147,983

First Minister’s complacency on food security exposed

The Labour Government in Cardiff Bay’s lax attitude towards food security in Wales was laid bare during questioning from the Welsh Conservatives.

Labour avoiding responsibility for not resolving the devolved issue of housing safety.

A written statement by a Labour minister in Cardiff Bay has drawn the ire of the Welsh Conservatives as the Welsh Government sought to blame Westminster for not resolving the devolved issue of housing safety.

Have you seen Carrie Griffiths, 29 years old from Abercynon?

Carrie was last seen in the Abercynon areas at around 9am on Wednesday, May 11th.She is described as 5ft 4in with a slim build and shoulder length black hair.

Drakeford rejects call for child services review after toddler death

Mark Drakeford has rejected calls for an independent review into children's social services despite an expert saying the system had “profound problems” and is in crisis.

Public exhibition on next phase of the Tylorstown landslip project

The Council will host a public exhibition at Rhondda Fach Leisure Centre to provide more information about the next stage of the Tylorstown landslip project – which proposes to remediate the remaining material on the hillside.

Two burglars who ransacked the home of an elderly woman while she slept have been jailed.

Darren Lewis, 42, of Heol Dyfed, Hirwaun and Jason Morris, 33, of Bethel Place, were jailed for a total of 12 years for the burglary they committed back in November, 2021 in Hirwaun.The victim – a 90 year-old woman who has since passed away – woke in the early hours to find a man rummaging through h

WelshLabour ministers accused of hypocrisy after racking up 800 journeys in gas-guzzling motors

Labour ministers racked up nearly 800 journeys in gas-guzzling chauffeur-driven vehicles in just six months – while at the same time encouraging the public to leave their cars behind.

Media company en Route to national expansion following northern investment

SIGNS of growth at a booming media business will lead to further investment across the country.

36 more Senedd Members at a cost of around £75 million over five years with NHS waiting times at an all time high with A&E patients waiting for up to 26 hours

Welsh Conservative comment on Senedd reform announcement

Labour and Plaid Cymru have announced their plans to increase the number of Senedd Members from 60 to 96.

Welsh Conservative leader, Andrew RT Davies MS, said:

Just 2% of people understand anti-social behaviour rights

Only one-in-fifty (2%) people fully understand their rights when it comes to anti-social behaviour, a new YouGov survey has revealed.

The Community Trigger – also known as the anti-social behaviour (ASB) case review – gives people the right to request a multi-agency review of their case if they fe

South Wales Police start to police Aberdare

An operation to tackle antisocial behaviour and crime in

Cardiff council avoids prosecution over destruction of dormouse habitat.

Cardiff Council has received a community resolution order, evading a prosecution after failing to obtain a licence before destroying a known habitat for dormice.

Freedom of Information Act does not allow aggregation of separate public interests in maintaining different exemptions when weighing them against public interest in disclosure: Upper Tribunal

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“FOIA”) does not permit aggregation of the separate public interests in favour of maintaining different exemptions when weighing the maintenance of the exemptions against the public interest which favours disclosure of the information sought, the Upper Tribuna


Lawyers and Road Traffic Police teams will complete a ‘poignant’ static relay for RoadPeace’s Andy Cox Challenge 2022

Campaigners eye legal challenge against Welsh Labour Government over reforms to sex education

A group that represents more than 5,000 parents and grandparents in Wales are taking the Welsh Government to the High Court in an attempt to remove Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) from the mandatory element of The Curriculum and Assessment (Wales) Act 2021 which starts this September.

Quality of life has barely improved under Labour?

Quality of life for residents in many parts of Wales has barely improved under successive Labour Governments over the last two decades.

Since Labour started running the show in Wales, council tax has shot up by nearly 200% - adding £900 to the average household bill.

Is safety a priority for Rhondda Cynon Taf Council?


Is safety a priority for Rhondda Cynon Taf Council? Providing you with information is not a priority.

Welsh family charity encourages mums to ask for help if they are struggling as part of a campaign during Maternal Mental Health Week (May 2-8)

A Welsh family support charity is encouraging mums to talk about their wellbeing and reach out for support if they need it as part of a campaign for Maternal Mental Health Week (May 2-8).

Health Board's pregnancy loss policy aims to break down taboos

Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB is proud to be the first Health Board in Wales to develop and implement a pregnancy loss policy for its staff.  It offers paid bereavement leave to any of its employees who experience pregnancy loss, whether it happens directly to them or to their partner.

Just Splash the Cash in Pontypridd

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council acquired the Freehold interest of the premises at High Street, Pontypridd, known as the former Bingo Hall and Angharad’s Night Club, at an agreed price plus VAT, fees and Land Transaction Tax.


£1,333,333.40 inclusive of VAT on 09 March 2020