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June 2022

Is there a legitimate role for facial recognition in policing and law enforcement?

This is the testimony given by Chief Constable Jeremy Vaughan ahead of the discussion on facial recognition technology held at the London School of Economics on the 14 June 2022.


Gwynedd Council by-pass Welsh Labour as Cardiff Bay minister slam the brakes on road-building

Discontent between local and devolved government has been brought to the surface as Wales’ most nationalist council looks to Westminster for funds to construct a by-pass as the Labour Government’s road-building freeze approaches its first anniversary.


The family of a former carpenter are trying to track down his former colleagues to find out what could have caused the asbestos-related cancer which led to his death.

Something that will never happen in Wales. New watchdog launches investigation into role of government bodies in regulating combined sewer overflows

The Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) is to carry out an investigation into the roles of Ofwat, the Environment Agency and the Secretary of State for DEFRA in the regulation of combined sewer overflows (CSOs) in England.

A call for the Labour Government to reform the outdated and unfair local government funding formula

Welsh Conservatives have reiterated their call for the Welsh Labour Government to reform the outdated and unfair local government funding formula in the Siambr today (Wednesday 29th).

Section 19 flood reports relating to Abercwmboi, Fernhill and Porth

The Council has published two Section 19 reports under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 following Storm Dennis, with 15 now published in total. The latest reports focus on Abercwmboi and Fernhill, and Porth, respectively. 

Get help with summer holiday childcare costs

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding thousands of parents and families in Wales not to miss out on financial support that can help pay for childcare during the summer holidays.





Welsh bus industry receives £48m boost? But if the bus companies don't provide higher wages and recruit more drivers nothing will change

The bus industry in Wales is set to receive a £48m investment to help it recover from the pandemic and cope with the current financial challenges, the Welsh government has announced.

The Bus Emergency package will provide ‘gap funding’ until the end of the financial year for bus operators to maint

Welsh Labour’s grandstanding failing our Ukrainian friends say Welsh Conservatives

At First Minister’s Questions in the Senedd today (Tuesday 28th) Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies questioned the First Minister on why his government has failed to adequately prepare to host Ukrainian refugees.

Drakeford refuses to correct record on rail strikes

The First Minister has been accused of misleading the Senedd after he told members that train staff had been deployed from Wales to run limited services in England during last week’s strikes despite Network Rail stating that no such thing had happened.

Welsh Labour scrapping of school performance categories why?

Welsh Conservative comment on scrapping of school performance categories

Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Education, Laura Anne Jones MS, said:

“Having an easily understandable school categorisation system is essential for parents and teachers alike.

Councillor Appointed As Chair Of Fire Authority a nice second job £10,808 on top of the councillors salary

Rhondda Cynon Taf Councillor Steven Bradwick has been appointed as Chairperson of the South Wales Fire and Rescue Authority and says he is looking forward to his new role.

HMRC launches consultation to address concerns about Repayment Agents

New measures to stop rip-off agents taking advantage of people and pocketing their tax repayments have been proposed by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).


Suzie-Ann, 14, is missing from her home in Rhydyfelin

Suzie-Ann, 14, is missing from her home in Rhydyfelin and hasn’t been seen since June 22.She is 5ft 3 with a slim build, long wavy blue hair, and has large freckles on her face..She was wearing a black vest top, a black hoodie, black jeans and black dapps at the time she went missing.It is believed

Called for action on access to school buses following news that some families cannot afford to send their children to school

Welsh Conservatives have called for action on access to school buses following news that some families cannot afford to send their children to school as the cost-of-living rises.

CTUHB Wearing a face mask in our hospitals

To protect our patients, our staff and visitors, we are now asking all hospital staff and visitors to wear face masks in all areas of all of our hospitals.

This is effective immediately (Thursday, 23 June 17:00).

Serial Irresponsible Dog Owner Faces Court Action!

A serial irresponsible dog owner has been fined over £440 in court, for failing to clean up after his dog.

RCT Tree, Woodlands and Hedgerow Strategy

Cabinet has this week approved its new Tree, Woodlands and Hedgerow Strategy before commencing an eight-week consultation process with residents and other stakeholders.

This Week is Disability Awareness Week

During Disability Awareness Week we would like to share with you Rhys’ journey as an Engage to Change Project SEARCH intern at Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB.

Rhondda Cynon Taf lands unwanted publicity after being named as one of the top locations for most reckless young drivers in the UK

Rhondda Cynon Taf lands unwanted publicity after being named as one of the toplocations for most reckless young drivers in the UK● On average 71.9% of FluxScore users there will receive a warning about theirspeeding● Carmarthenshire also named and shamed in the top 10 produced by one of the UK’sl

Practical Tips on Living with Dementia

A helpful infographic that breaks down lots of really helpful tips, across all aspects of life to help you or a loved one that is living with Dementia.



Armed Forces Week kicked off in Wales on Monday with a spectacular showcase of the vital support available to veterans and the wider Armed Forces community.

CTM health visitor who prevents babies entering the care system up for top award

A specialist health visitor who has developed bespoke health education and support to help parents care for their children has been shortlisted for a prestigious UK award.

Missing Wayne Jones from Aberdare

We are appealing for your help to locate missing man Wayne Jones.Wayne, 48, is missing from his home in Aberdare.He hasn’t been seen since this morning and there are concerns for his wellbeing.He is described as being 5ft 5 and has a stocky build with shaved black hair.

Scale of devastating ambulance waits across Wales revealed

Over 10,000 people with serious conditions are waiting over an hour for an ambulance in Wales.

Labour stuck in the past as they refuse to condemn rail strikes

The First Minister failed to condemn the rail strikes bringing the country to a halt today despite the enormous economic cost being inflicted on Wales.

Dietitians Week

This week we are celebrating the varied contributions of theDietetic Workforce here at Cwm Taf Morgannwg.

Dietitians and the dietetic workforce make a vital contribution to health across many different specialisms and healthcare settings.

Traffic Switch from Rhigos Road onto Old Rhigos Road

s part of the ongoing construction of the A465, from 22 June traffic will be switched from Rhigos Road onto the old Rhigos Road at the south of the roundabout.


SAXON HEADLINE STEELHOUSE 2022 - SATURDAY, 30th OF JULY.This will be their only UK festival appearance of 2022 and they'll be performing the classic 40th Anniversary Greatest Hits setlist.Ace Frehley will no longer be appearing.

British Red Cross focus group on flooding - recruiting attendees in Rhondda Cynon Taf

I’m getting in touch as I am hoping you are able to help us with some research we are doing on behalf of the British Red Cross.


RCTC to close Maerdy Mountain Road for 8 weeks

Maerdy Mountain Road will close this summer to undertake the third phase of significant work, rectifying scour damage at a section of the slope below the highway – to ensure the road is safe and available for motorists into the future.  

Transport for Wales strongly encouraged people to avoid using trains over the weekend, to avoid overcrowding.

Calls to act on lessons from concert chaos say Welsh Conservatives

Welsh Conservatives are calling on Welsh Ministers to learn from the mistakes of the concert carnage as Cardiff played host to major concerts.

Freedom of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough For Our Key Workers

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is to confer the Freedom of the County Borough to all key workers in recognition of their selfless hard work and dedication throughout the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Welsh Labour’s failure to deal with problems in the social care sector is having, affecting ambulance delays

Urgent action required to address social care sector say Welsh Conservatives

The Welsh Conservatives have called on Labour Ministers to take urgent action following a damning report published by the Health and Social Care Committee.

Letter from Catherine Hunt: It’s time to make a stand

Dear Editor, 


It’s time to make a stand.  


Did you know that one in seven diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year die within two months after the diagnosis? We are being failed. Enough is enough. 


Royal Marines Visit RCT Falklands Memorial

To mark the 40th anniversary of the Falklands Conflict, a team of Royal Marines have paid their respects at the Falklands Memorial at Ynysangharad War Memorial Park.

Labour must overhaul Wales’ sewer system say Welsh Conservatives

The Welsh Conservatives have reiterated calls to overhaul Wales’ “Victorian” sewer system following an increasing number of storm overflows.   

Welsh Labour’s minister for climate change has withdrawn a statement on building safety in Wales from today’s agenda.

The Welsh Conservatives have called on Labour Ministers to move faster to tackle dangerous cladding in Wales.

Today marks the 5-year anniversary of the Grenfell Fire, where 72 people tragically lost their lives.

Drainage improvements to be delivered on the A4059 near Newtown

The Council will deliver drainage improvements at the A4059 near Newtown, Mountain Ash, to reduce flood risk in heavy rainfall – and the work from June 20 will take place while maintaining two-way traffic flow.

The Welsh Labour Government splurged £11m on a Bangor business park which has sat empty for 20 years.

Two-decade business park fails to create any jobsThe Labour Government splurged £11m on a Bangor business park which has sat empty for 20 years.

The Plaid Cymru-run local council have now approved plans to build a lorry fuelling facility there, but no permanent jobs w

Rugby star forced to retire at 25 with life-changing injury champions new jobs programme

Eli Walker was a professional rugby player for the Ospreys and Wales national side before a life-changing spinal injury forced him to retire at just 25 years of age. 

Water services regulator target of judicial review over “lack of action” on regulating sewage discharges

A legal campaign group has filed proceedings in the High Court against the water services regulator for England and Wales, Ofwat, over alleged failures to regulate sewage discharge into rivers, lakes and the sea.

Labour Ministers have questions to answer over reports of unfair exams say Welsh Conservatives

The Welsh Conservatives are calling on Labour’s Education Minister to make an urgent statement to the Senedd as to why A-level students are reporting being questioned on topics not covered by their education and how he will rectify it.

Still no Play Area for the Ynys after it was demolished by RCTC Why?

Population Pontypridd 31,206 population Aberdare 31,705 making Aberdare the largest town in RCT 

Diabetes UK Cymru calls for access to diabetes psychology across Wales and an end to “postcode lottery”

To mark Diabetes Week (13th to 19th June), Diabetes UK Cymru is launching a campaign to highlight the inequalities faced by many living with diabetes when accessing psychology services.

Welsh Labour wasting some £10m on the North Wales air-link, which hasn’t operated since the pandemic began,

The Labour Government has today announced that it will not be reinstating the £3 million a year airlink between Cardiff and Anglesey.

The Welsh Conservatives have been questioning Labour Ministers to confirm the future of the flightpath over a year.  

Just another £10 million lost to welsh Taxpayers so whats new with Welsh Labour?

The Welsh taxpayer stands to lose £10m on an “investment” made by the Labour Government as a cancer treatment healthcare group seeks to put itself into liquidation.

First Minister taken to task over Ed Sheeran Cardiff concert chaos on the M4 and Transport for Wales

The Welsh Conservative have slammed the Labour Government in Cardiff Bay for failing to plan ahead for major events after the chaos that befell the capital the weekend before last.

Rugby stars and entrepreneur unite to launch Wales-wide health and fitness app

TWO high profile Welsh rugby players and an entrepreneur have completed a successful round of investment to support the relaunch of a fitness app that will revolutionise the way people access exercise and leisure services in Wales.

Plaid Cymru “surrender all pretence of opposition” as Drakeford gets easy ride

Plaid Cymru have been accused of failing in their duty as an opposition party by failing to scrutinise the Labour Government in Cardiff Bay.

Is your kids school one of the 4? Plans to feed children insects across four primary schools in Wales.

Welsh Conservatives slam plan to feed children bugs

The Welsh Conservatives have expressed astonishment towards plans to feed children insects across four primary schools in Wales.

An update on wearing a face mask in Cwm Taf hospitals

Welsh Government announced late Friday (May 27), that from this week (May 30 onwards) it is no longer a legal requirement for visitors, patients or staff to wear masks or face coverings when entering our sites.

Visiting restrictions relaxed across Cwm Taf Morgannwg

We are delighted to be able to further relax visiting restrictions from Thursday June 2, 2022.