At midnight tonight the consultation on stage 1 of the proposed RCT Council cuts comes to an end.
The stage 1 proposals include closures of day centres and libraries, and cut backs in meals on wheels and nursery education provision.
There has been a great amount of public anger at not only what is being suggested, but the way in which it has been announced and consulted on. Whilst other Councils have laid out a range of options across the board Rhondda Cynon Taff have chosen a staged approach which makes suggesting alternatives almost impossible.
On Monday 9th December the Education Scrutiny committee meets and will for the first time discuss the issue.
Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillor Mike Powell said
"The proposals appear to be based entirely on financial considerations with little or no input evident from the Directors of Education and Social Services. The reports have been put forward by the Director of Finance and there has been no public comment from the others to these proposals which affect their departments.
"The education scrutiny committee should surely have met and looked at these proposals in some depth before now, not wait until the consultation had closed. They may have had some insights which could have informed public perception or opinion."
The next stage is thought to include a proposal to close some leisure centres and put others out to private contract.
Education Scrutiny committee meets