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Extension To Consultation Announced

The Council’s Cabinet today agreed to extend the consultation on changes to the funding of nursery and music education in the County Borough.

Following information provided to Cabinet by the Council’s Legal Officer, detailing a decision taken recently in the Supreme Court in respect of another local authority, the Cabinet considered and agreed to extend the consultation period by a further six weeks to the 30th January 2015 and, as part of this extension, provide further information for consultees on both the Nursery Education and Music Service proposals.

In addition, during the extended consultation period, the Leader of the Council, Councillor Andrew Morgan has also announced details of three further public engagement events to take place during January, as well as an #askrctleader twitter takeover which will take place after Christmas.

County Borough Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of the Council said:

“We know what an emotive subject any service change proposals are for those potentially affected, and we want to ensure that everyone who may be impacted upon has the opportunity to have their say.

“After considering detail provided by the Council’s Monitoring Officer, Cabinet determined to provide further information to consultees and agreed for the consultation period to extend a further six weeks until the end of January, which can only help provide the Cabinet with further information from consultation responses that will allow us to make an informed and evidenced-based decision.

“I would again urge everyone to submit their views or come along to one of the further engagement events to speak with Cabinet Members and Officers face to face about the proposals.

“So far, six of these sessions have taken place throughout Rhondda, Cynon and Taf, in addition to the question and answer sessions held with the Cabinet in September and I am pleased to be able to announce the details of a further three events which will take place in Llantrisant Leisure Centre, Abercynon Leisure Centre and Rhondda Sports Centre, Ystrad, in January.

“In addition to these events, residents will continue to have the opportunity to submit their views via the survey available online, at libraries and in One4All Centres. They can also get involved via email or email or letter and now anyone with an interest in either of the proposals will also be able to ask me a question about them on social media when I takeover the Council’s twitter account (@RCTCouncil) at a time to be announced in early January.

“When I became Leader, I made clear that while we cannot avoid, in these tough financial circumstances, giving due consideration to service reductions and facing up to hard and painful choices, I wanted to do as much as we possibly can to ensure that those who would be affected are engaged in the processes.”

Further detail is available on the Budget Challenge Page

Consultation on the Music and Nursery Service Change Proposals now closes 5pm on the 30th January 2015.

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