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October 2014

The Festival of Remembrance Concert takes place on Sunday, November 2

The annual Festival of Remembrance concert takes place at Rhondda Sports Centre this weekend (Sunday, November 2) honouring our Armed Forces past and present.

Apprentices break ground at Vattenfall’s Pen y Cymoedd wind farm

Plant operative apprentices Daniel Owen and James Symon

Two young apprentices will master 40 tonne dump trucks as part of their training at a flagship development to construct England and Wales’ largest wind farm.

unprovoked assault on two 15 year-old boys in ASDA car park Aberdare

A 19 year-old male was arrested minutes after the report of an unprovoked assault on two 15 year-old boys in ASDA car park, Aberdare, last night. After an emergency call, a police officer managed to find the suspect, drunk, in a nearby street. He was taken into custody. Enquiries are ongoing.

Drills stolen from Pontypridd B&Q

Police are appealing for information following the theft of drills from the B&Q store in Pontypridd.
At around 2am on Friday, 31 October, hundreds of pounds worth of Makita and Dewalt drills were stolen from the shop by a man who forced entry to the premises.

Rising drugs-related admissions shows ‘war on drugs’ is not working

Statistics released this week showing the rising number of treatment agency admissions for drug poisoning shows the current 'war on drugs' is not working, the Welsh Lib Dems have said.

cannabis plants found at Gilfach Goch

A man in his 50s from Gilfach Goch was cautioned last night for possessing cannabis. He was forced to show officers upstairs where two cannabis plants were growing in a bedroom after they quizzed him about the overwhelming smell in his house.


We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable Halloween today, but we also need to remember that not everyone wants to be involved in the celebrations.

This is why we’ve put a few tips together which will allow everyone to have a happy Halloween:

Artis Community Community organisation · Artistic services · Dance instruction

The beginnings of a design for a wall hanging to represent young people with mental health issues at Cynon New Horizons. The wallhanging aims to raise awareness and challenge stigma as well as offering a sense of identity to the young people taking part.

£2billion more from Europe but what will Wales do with it?

It has been announced that Wales is to receive £2 billion in structural funding from Europe over the next six years. On the face of it this sounds like good news, until you start asking why we are getting the money. As BBC Wales' political editor Nick Servini says:

'Halloween Spooktacular'

Looking for something different to do this Halloween?.....Then look no further than the Rhondda Heritage Park.

Plaid MP heralds progress on strengthening domestic violence law

Plaid Cymru Parliamentary Leader, Rt Hon Elfyn Llwyd MP, has held a meeting in the Home Office today (Thursday) to discuss potential changes to the law on domestic violence, specifically whether coercive control should be made an offence.

Looked-after children click with photography project

Looked-after children have been expressing themselves in a unique project to improve their wellbeing via creativity – and now everyone can see their work as it’s on display in Pontypridd.

IPCC investigating police actions prior to death of man in Cardiff

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating police actions and decision-making prior to the death of man in Cardiff on 11 October 2014.

New Future For Education Centre

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is pleased to announce that a leading local charity has taken over the former Treorchy Education Centre which has become available after Council-run services based there were relocated as part of service change proposals.

Plaid Cymru welcomes potential fairer deal for firefighters

Plaid Cymru has welcomed the possibility of a fairer deal on pensions for Welsh firefighters.

PCSOs plan to beat flour and eggs this Halloween

Two South Wales police PCSOs bucked the trend by encouraging the use of flour and eggs by children at a Rhondda School this Halloween.

USW student builds a bright future with LEGO®

Have you ever wandered around the Tate Modern in London, The Louvre in Paris, or maybe even the MoMA in New York and thought to yourself, “there’s not enough LEGO® in here?” Well, fear not, as a University of South Wales student has decided to fill the void.

Labour must turn around Welsh ambulance service underperformance

Welsh Conservatives today called on Labour Ministers to set out plans to turn around over two years of missed ambulance targets, as new figures show just 58.9% of ambulances responded to a life-threatening call within eight minutes last month.

‘Fair, consistent and right first time’- ESA assessments must be fit for work

Citizens Advice has called on ministers to make the urgent changes needed to make work capability assessments (WCAs) fit for purpose.

Relate Cymru launches new all-Wales telephone number and extra sessions to accommodate our busy lifestyles

Supporting relationships across Wales: Relate Cymru launches new all-Wales telephone number and extra sessions to accommodate our busy lifestyles

This week sees the launch of Relate Cymru’s new telephone number and additional counselling appointments for people in Wales.

Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team Called out to Dare Valley

Beacons Mountain Rescue Team were called out on Tuesday evening by South Wales Police asking us to assist in finding a lost male in the Aberdare area. At the same time our base was full of individuals who have shown an interest in joining the team.

Rhydyfelin Safe Route Proposals

Residents are being invited to give their views on proposals for a new road safety scheme which is being considered for the Rhydyfelin area.

Dementia is the leading cause of death in women, according to ONS

Dementia is the leading cause of death in women and the third leading cause among men, according to new mortality statistics released by the Office of National Statistics today (29 October 2014).

2013/14 Annual Report on the Statutory Supervision of Midwives in Wales

Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) today publishes its Local Supervising Authority (LSA) Annual report to the Nursing and Midwifery Council on the Statutory Supervision of Midwives in Wales.

Diabetes UK issues advice ready for Halloween

The health charity is giving people living with diabetes advice to help them manage their condition during this weekend’s Halloween celebrations.

Chauffeur driven council papers adding insult to injury

On Monday evening papers were hand delivered to Councillors by one of the Council's chauffeurs for Wednesday's Council meeting. The papers referred to a decision made by the Labour Cabinet last month to, as they put it, review the Council's senior management structure.

Early wake up call for two drink-drive suspects

In the early hours of this morning (October 28), a 45 year-old man and a 38 year-old woman from Porth were arrested in connection with drink driving.

Wartime Sing-a-Long

Recreating the image of the Land Army Girls during the Wartime Sing-a-Long

A good old-fashion wartime sing-a-long has been held at Mountain Ash Day Centre as part of its First World War commemorations.

‘Drink up’ – police catch up with suspect in his local

A man in his 20s was arrested in Treorchy on Monday night (27 October) in connection with criminal damage.

Elvis is in the building - for Mayor's charities!

Elvis fans can get ‘all shook up’ at a tribute night in November, in aid of the Mayor of Rhondda Cynon Taf’s Charity Appeal.

Festival Of Remembrance Concert

The Festival of Remembrance Concert takes place on Sunday, November 2

The annual Festival of Remembrance concert takes place at Rhondda Sports Centre on Sunday, November 2, honouring our Armed Forces past and present.

Wales Audit Office report offers stark warning on frontline council services

A new report from the Wales Audit Office (WAO) has highlighted how continued cuts to the local government budget are putting vital front-line services at risk in Wales.

Children in Wales’ model of participation

We are aware that many youth forum/participation workers are wondering what Children in Wales will be doing in relation to the participation aspect of our work following the award of the Welsh Government’s Children and Families Delivery Grant.

Temporary Closure Of Aberdare Bypass

A series of overnight closures of the Aberdare Bypass will shortly take place as essential flood alleviation work is undertaken.

Delivering with less – the impact on environmental health services and citizens

This study considers the impact of cuts in resources on the ability of council environmental health services to deliver their statutory obligations.

Zombie Crew Clothing Competition

With Halloween fast approaching we’ve teamed up with the guys and ghouls at the awesome Zombie Crew Clothing company to give you the chance to win a t-shirt from their seriously twisted line.

Young Firefighters - More than just squirting water around!

The Young Firefighter scheme is a two year programme and is South Wales Fire and Rescue Service’s flagship youth activity. It is a uniformed cadet scheme run for young people both male and female, aged 13*-18. We have branches at 10 Fire Stations in South Wales.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Mental Health Week

Events aimed at raising awareness and understanding of mental health - including a successful concert, quiz night and open days - were held across Rhondda Cynon Taf to mark RCT Mental Health Week.

Remember, Remember First Aid!

St John Cymru Wales, the country’s leading first aid charity, is reminding people to stay safe if holding or attending a fireworks display.

According to recent statistics*, around a thousand people are injured by fireworks in Wales and England each year.

Suspected heroin worth thousands seized from Beddau house

Police have arrested two people in connection with drugs offences following a raid on a house in Beddau on Sunday (26 October, 2014)

Study claims antioxidants in cocoa can improve cognition

A diet high in cocoa bean flavanols could enhance cognitive function in middle aged people, according to a study published online in Nature Neuroscience today (Sunday 26 October).

Vision Products Staff Receive Surprise Awards

Talented Vision Products workers have received (surprise) awards for their outstanding commitments and achievements.

Operation Bang Prevents Anti Social Behaviour

A whole range of partnership agencies across Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil have been out in force recruiting support for their Operation Be A Nice Guy (BANG) campaign.

Plaid warns HS3 'will leave Wales in the slow lane'

Plaid Cymru MP for Arfon, Hywel Williams, has responded to the news that proposals for a High Speed Rail 3 (HS3) link between Manchester and Leeds have taken a step forward by warning that the project will leave Welsh transport in the slow lane.

A Welshman’s home…

Phil Parry says the housing crisis will be a key battleground at the General Election.

Dignity and Essential Care Inspection (DECI) report for Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda, Cwm Taf University Health Board published

Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) today publishes a report following an unannounced Dignity and Essential Care inspection to Ward B2 of Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda, part of Cwm Taf University Health Board. The inspection was undertaken on 23rd and 24th July 2014.

Top Wales health officials unite and tell those with long term conditions to Beat Flu

Wales’s top health officials are this week urging people with long term health conditions to get protected against flu. Flu (influenza) can have serious complications for some people, which includes those with long term medical conditions.

Increasing concern over falling milk pricesLast updated

With mounting concern over the falling milk prices on global markets, NFU Glamorgan on farm meeting_275_206Cymru Milk Board Chairman, Aled Jones, sent out a plea to processors, retailers and policy makers in the UK and the EU to work together to safeguard a future for Welsh milk producers, at a r

Wales Care Awards: packed-out ceremony was an 'inspirational' night

The Wales Care Awards ceremony on Friday, October 24, in Cardiff's City Hall was a packed-out night to remember which saw 56 finalists presented with awards in 21 categories ranging from excellence in dementia care to innovation in care for children and young people.

Huw Lewis AM visits Welsh Water's £1.5m investment in Pontsticill Water Treatment Works

Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney Assembly Member, Huw Lewis has today visited Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water's Pontsticill Water Treatment Works.

Plaid AM slams Welsh Government for blowing £1bn on M4 relief road

Plaid Cymru Shadow Transport Minister Rhun ap Iorwerth stepped up criticism of the Welsh Government’s plans to spend £1bn on a new 14-mile stretch of the M4 in South Wales.

Youth inspired to catch Wales at its best angle

Young people in Wales are being encouraged to capture the very best of the Welsh environment in a photo competition being run by Natural Resources Wales (NRW).

Reducing child deaths from meningitis

A new report on meningitis stresses the importance of early diagnosis and of keeping up-to-date with vaccinations in reducing child deaths from the disease.

Party of Wales MP for the Rhondda is “Necessary” Says Leading Candidate

Plaid Cymru’s Shelley Rees-Owen has spoken of her determination to provide the “positive alternative” to the tired and deflated legacy of Labour in the Rhondda.

Call for Edna's Law and a public inquiry into whistleblowing

Edna's Law would put the victims of silence first and would protect the protectors who report wrongdoing.

Thank you, Chanelle

We'd like to say big 'Thank you' to eight-year-old Chanelle Evans from Pentre who has given her pocket money to the Age Cymru shop in Pontypridd.

She raided her money box after hearing that the Age Cymru shop in Pontypridd had its collection box stolen.

Schools closure consultation begins with no fanfare from Council

The consultation on the proposals to close several schools in the Rhondda and Tonyrefail, remove sixth forms from Tonypandy, Porth and Ferndale and create new 3 to 16 and 3 to 19 year old schools has begun.

Half Term Fun for children at playschemes

Children living in Rhondda Cynon Taf can come and play for FREE at fun-packed play schemes across the county borough during October half-term.

Diabetes UK launches new Care in School Helpline

Diabetes UK has launched a new helpline, available to families across South Wales, to make sure that children with Type 1 diabetes get the support they need to make the most of their time at school.

'Halloween Spooktacular'

Halloween antics at Rhondda Heritage Park

Looking for something different to do this Halloween?.....Then look no further than the Rhondda Heritage Park.

Industrial action by radiographers

As part of national strikes, the Society of Radiographers (SoR) will be taking industrial action during the week of Monday 20th October.

Information about 4 RCT Schools

Published on 16 October on Estyn website

Abernant Primary School Rhondda Cynon Taf

Urgent drugs warning following Rhondda chemist break-in

An urgent warning has been issued by South Wales Police following the theft of a large quantity of dangerous drugs from a chemist in Rhondda this morning.

Important call for patients requiring free dental treatment

Free dental treatment is on offer to patients in the Cynon Valley and surrounding areas.

Youth inspired to catch Wales at its best angle

Young people in Wales are being encouraged to capture the very best of the Welsh environment in a photo competition being run by Natural Resources Wales (NRW).

Cancer charities’ statement on Health and Social Care committee cancer report

Wales Cancer Alliance has welcomed the Health and Social Care Committee’s report on the progress of delivering the Welsh Government’s Cancer Delivery Plan for Wales by 2016, and has echoed its cal


Macmillan Cancer Support Wales General Manager Susan Morris said: “We welcome the Health and Social Care Committee’s report into the progress of the Cancer Delivery Plan’s implementation and wil

High Flyers join University of South Wales

USW is proud to welcome nine graduates on work placements across the University.

NHS spot-checks no substitute for inquiry

Responding to the publication of a report into a series of hospital spot checks on elderly care in Welsh hospitals, Darren Millar AM, Shadow Minister for Health, said:

'Critical friend' important to democratic process

BMA Cymru Wales is a ‘critical friend’ to the Welsh government, first minister Carwyn Jones has declared.

Cwm Taf praised in hospital spot check report for its ‘Drink a Drop’ campaign

Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr and Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant were praised by inspectors for their initiatives to help care for elderly patients and those with dementia.

Welsh technological revolution sparked in the Rhondda

A Rhondda community regeneration charity is boldly positioning itself at the forefront of Wales’s drive to become the technology hub of Europe.

Thirty-five to share £500m Welsh framework

A consortium of Welsh local authorities led by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council is putting together a panel of contractors for a £500m construction framework.

'Be Prepared'

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is urging its residents to remove fallen leaves from around drains on or around their property, if at all possible, in a bid to prevent future flooding.

ICO warns CCTV operators that use of surveillance cameras must be necessary and proportionate

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has warned operators that surveillance cameras must only be used as a necessary and proportionate response to a real and pressing problem.

Poachers caught on River Taff

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) Fisheries Enforcement Officers have arrested two men for suspected illegal poaching on the River Taff at Radyr, Cardiff.

My son killed himself after being forced to go to school by official guidelines

Simon Brooks, 15, from Tonyrefail, South Wales, died from an overdose
His mother Julie said her son's life was made a misery at school by bullies

Parents up in arms over new school health guide

Parents in Rhondda Cynon Taff and adjoining counties are up in arms over a new health guide which appears to suggest that children struck down with tonsillitis, conjunctivitis and even glandular fever should not be kept off school.


Tracey Johnston, an employee of Aberdare Service Station, Mid Glamorgan has been named as a runner-up in the coveted 2014 SuperStation Awards, which took place at The Belfry Golf and Leisure Resort, Sutton Coldfield, on Thursday (9 October 2014).

Minister asks Rhondda pupils for best business ideas yet as ‘Enterprise Troopers’ 2015 swings into action

A team of ‘superheroes’ is set to storm a Rhondda primary school as the Welsh Government’s acclaimed ‘Enterprise Troopers’ competition swings back into action.

Groundbreaking new initiatives supporting community land use in Wales

New groundbreaking partnerships between local councils and community food growing initiatives, to improve access to land for people to reap the benefits of growing their own, could become a blueprint for the whole of Wales.

A 'Green' Halloween

As Halloween approaches residents are being urged to ‘go green’ and fill their green bins with all their ghastly left-overs and save a packet towards their ghoulish outfits!

Milk farmers need action, not reviews

Responding to the announcement of a review into the Welsh Dairy Sector by the Welsh Government, Plaid Cymru Shadow Agriculture Minister Llyr Gruffydd AM said:

Free support event in Newport for people with Type 2 diabetes

Diabetes UK will run one of a national series of free educational events to give expert advice and information to people who have recently been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in South Wales in November.

REVEALED: Nearly 1,400 Welsh patients waiting over a year for NHS treatment

Shocking figures published by the Welsh Liberal Democrats reveal that nearly 1,400 patients in Wales are being forced to wait over a year until the start of their treatment.

DW & Dewis CIL Briefing Event on ILF Consultation Option 2

Date: Friday 7 November 2014
Time: 2pm – 4pm
Venue: Dewis Centre for Independent Living
Amber House, Upper Boat Business Park
Upper Boat, Pontypridd CF37 5BP

Public sector strike: No reason to ditch Assembly business

There is no reason to scrap all business in the National Assembly for Wales because of Wednesday’s public sector strike. That’s the call from Welsh Conservatives ahead of tomorrow’s walkout.

The Mayor's Week

Rhondda Cynon Taf’s Mayor granted the Freedom of the County Borough to a much-respected citizen and also hosted a successful charity night during the civic week, September 29-October 4, 2014.

Nursing recruitment crisis: task force wins RCN approval

Plans for a task force to promote collaborative working between the independent sector and the NHS over a nursing recruitment crisis have been given the thumbs up by the Royal College of Nursing.

The Saints go marching on

The Senior rugby team remain top of the Blues North Rugby section after a convincing win over local rivals Aberdare Community School. The game was played at Cardiff Arms park where the boys played on the wonderful new surface at the fantastic stadium in Cardiff.

Welsh NHS breaks even in 2013-14 with mixed performance against service targets

Our report finds that financial management is getting better although some NHS bodies over-spent, service performance was mixed and major challenges remain on the horizon

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Bugsy Malone by the Cwmaman theatre company

Bugsy Malone is a gangster musical. Set in Chicago, the musical is loosely based on Chicago events from the early 1920s


The world’s biggest boy band, Only Boys Aloud, will be joining their mentors Only Men Aloud on stage for their sparkling We Need A Little Christmas festive show at St. David’s Hall on December 16 (tickets: and 02920878444).

Plaid Cymru responds to televised debates proposals

Responding to the publication of proposals for televised debates ahead of next year’s General Election, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood AM said:

Natural Resources Wales evidence team discovers a Welsh first

PIC CAP: The Fen Puffball

Natural Resources Wales has uncovered a type of rare fungus previously unknown in Wales during a survey into 200 of the country’s most important bog and fen sites.

Council To Consult On Nursery And Music Proposals

“Neither my colleagues nor I want to take these decisions" - Council Leader

rainbow run makes a colourful splash in west wales

West Wales’ first ever Rainbow Run saw more than 1,000 participants showered from head to toe in vibrant colours to raise vital funds for Tŷ Hafan, the family hospice for young lives.


A campaign aimed at highlighting the issues of hate crime and encouraging members of the public to report it is being launched today by South Wales Police.

Let councils issue on-the-spot fixed penalty notices for fly-tipping, says LGA

The existing system for tackling fly-tipping is “unfit for purpose” and councils should be given new powers to issue on-the-spot fixed penalty notices in some cases, the Local Government Associati

Keep Well This Winter campaign launch

“GET ready for winter” – that’s the message today as we launch our Keep Well This Winter health and wellbeing campaign for Wales’s over 50s.

RCT Council School plans are deliberately divisive

Karen Roberts is a long serving school governor at Tonypandy Community College and has previously been a governor at Cwmclydach Infants School.

Scaling the heights for next generation of trees

Contractors on behalf of Natural Resources Wales (NRW) have used specialist equipment to collect seeds from some of the tallest trees in Cwmcarn Forest.

Nursery education cuts back on Labour agenda

RCT's Labour Cabinet meet this morning to discuss another round of savings, cuts and price increases. Most controversial amongst these will be the plans to cut nursery education from full to part time.

rom human embryonic stem cells to billions of human insulin producing cells Giant step toward new diabetes treatment

Harvard stem cell researchers today announced that they have made a giant leap forward in the quest to find a truly effective treatment for type 1 diabetes, a condition that affects an estimated three million Americans at a cost of about $15 billion annually: With human embryonic stem cells as a

Labour's secrecy on education cuts must end

Welsh Conservatives have condemned the secrecy surrounding Labour’s cuts to the education budget.

Law student brings home gold at Invictus Games

A Law student from the University of South Wales was part of the gold medal-winning wheelchair rugby team at the first ever Invictus Games.


Staff in Cwm Taf University Health Board are using a national quality improvement programme to help people make long term recoveries from mental health problems.

Sobell Leisure Centre Just Days From Opening

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s flagship Sobell Leisure Centre opens to the public on Monday (October 20) offering some of the most exceptional sport, leisure and fitness facilities in the region for AL

Council reserves: Worries should have been addressed

Welsh Conservatives have questioned evidence given in the National Assembly by Labour’s new Public Services Minister.

5 reasons to come to St John's/Year 6 visits

5 reasons to come to St John’s
Best results in RCT (5 A*-C GCSEs including English and Mathematics) for another consecutive year
Caring Christian character of our school
Friendly, happy pupils

Six in ten people in debt affected by mental health problems

Six in ten people in debt affected by mental health problems

Citizens Advice calls for responsible lending on World Mental Health Day

Flood Alleviation Scheme Set to Begin!

372 homes and three businesses are set to benefit from over £2.5M of funding for flood alleviation works.

Volunteer with our Healthy Ageing team

Age Cymru's Healthy Ageing team is looking for volunteers to help us improve the health of older people across South Wales.

New GP inspections will lead to ratings

The Care Quality Commision (CQC) has today announced that new style inspections of GP practices and out-of-hours services in England will lead to the first ever ratings of practices.

US trade deal threat to democracy

Plaid Cymru joins ‘day of action’ against TTIP

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood has led her party’s opposition to a proposed US-EU Trade Deal on a UK-wide day of action.

Driver stopped every few minutes in Merthyr road safety op

A driver was stopped every few minutes for not wearing their seatbelt or using a mobile phone, during a road safety operation in Merthyr Tydfil.

NME name student band as one-to-watch

A Welsh four piece made up of two USW students have shot to fame after the release of their debut single.

Beat flu before it beats you – launch of national flu vaccination campaign

The annual national campaign to encourage people in eligible groups to have the free NHS flu vaccination and protect themselves from the illness is being launched today (Thursday October 9 2014).

Fragile exports market needs more focus

Commenting on the publication of export statistics by the Welsh Labour government, which show a fall on the same quarter in 2013 and a drop on the previous quarter of this year, Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Business William Graham AM, said:

Dementia carers debate

Welsh Assembly Members discussed the role of carers who look after older people with dementia yesterday.

Food & locality @EdibleWales workshop

Food & locality @EdibleWales workshop 15 Oct 3-5pm Feel Good Factory, Abercynon CF454X Free all Welcome

£4 billion Settlement for Council Services

Local authorities will receive funding totalling more than £4 billion from the Welsh Government in 2015-16 the Public Services Minister, Leighton Andrews said today.
Wednesday 08 October 2014

How long can the Welsh Government sit on the fracking fence?

Gareth Clubb asks, if the Welsh Government is concerned about fracking, why is it still doing nothing?

New Hate Crime Toolkit from Welsh Government to be launched at Creating Homes 2014

Tai Pawb is delighted to announce that as the week beginning 13th October is ‘Hate Crime Awareness Week’ this theme will play a significant part in their Creating Homes 2014 conference, being held

‘Time for a focus on mental health'– Kirsty Williams AM

Kirsty conference stageKirsty Williams, leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, has called for the Welsh Labour Government to do more to support people in Wales suffering from mental health.

Jolley Hockeysticks - It's Hocktober!

Determined to inspire the next generation of sporting stars and medal-winners, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Sport RCT team and Hockey Wales have joined forces to deliver the unique and fun #hocktober

Horror film made by USW to be aired on BBC One

The Devil’s Vice, a horror film made by staff and students at the University of South Wales film school, will be aired on BBC One Wales this Saturday (11th October).

Tough and demanding Labour council settlement

Commenting on the publication of the Labour government’s councils budget for 2015/16, Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Local Government Janet Finch-Saunders AM, said:

Accessible Britain Challenge

The Accessible Britain Challenge calls on local communities to become more accessible and inclusive for disabled people.

Survey – Third Sector Apprenticeships

The Regional Learning Partnership South West and Central Wales alongside its partner CVCs is collecting evidence of demand for third sector apprenticeships in Wales.

7,000 doctors V Carwyn's 6 flatmates

Labour’s First Minister appears reliant on the advice of a small number of college chums instead of listening to the vast majority of NHS clinicians, it was claimed today.


The current Events budget totals £0.307M and covers three areas:
• Mayoral Events
• Special Events
• Ponty’s Big Weekend



Customer Care services are currently delivered face to face through
the Council’s One4all centres, via telephone through a dedicated
Contact Centre and via website customer access channels.


The Council currently operate (through its internal Catering Direct
service) canteens at its offices at Clydach Vale, Ty Elai and Ty


The current street cleansing service is configured to cleanse Zone 1
areas (town centres) daily and Zone 2 & 3 areas (Residential areas,

RCTC Dare Valley Country Park

Dare Valley Country Park comprises 500 acres of countryside offering a café, hotel accommodation, camping facilities and site for caravans / camper vans. Other facilities include an externally operated Combat Zone and more recently, a venue for weddings.

RCTC Countryside

The Countryside Service is responsible for green spaces and parks developments together with the maintenance of overgrowth, rights of way and play areas.
The service has a budget of £1.138M.


The Council issued 3,741 wheelie bins during financial year 2012/13, with 5,840 being issued during 2013/14. There is currently no charge.



The current CCTV Service provides 24 hour staffed surveillance cover 7 days per week. It includes Pubwatch, Storenet and a static guarding service in addition to a Service Level Agreement (SLA) with RCT Homes.

Was any of this stolen from you?

Police executing a search warrant in Aberdare have uncovered this property which they suspect to be stolen.


Natural Resources Wales is urging people to be prepared as high tides combined with strong winds could lead to minor disruption from flooding over the coming days (Wednesday 8 + Thursday 9 October).

Choosing care is one of life's most stressful moments, finds CQC

According to a survey arranged by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), eight out of ten people find that choosing care for an older relative is one of the most stressful moments in life.

Warm welcome for German students

Pupils and staff were welcomed to Pontypridd

Pupils and teachers from southern Germany were given a warm welcome to Rhondda Cynon Taf by the Deputy Mayor.

Temporary Sunday road closure of Abercynon Road, Glyncoch

A temporary road closure will be in place along Abercynon Road leading to its adjacent junction with The Grove (Grovers Field).

Zero Rated Takeaway Prosecuted

A “zero rated” Treforest takeaway has become the first in RCT to be prosecuted for failing to clearly display its “scores on the doors” food hygiene rating.

Dirty Gifted Welsh

The Angel Hotel, Cardiff
Sunday 12th October - 11am till late

The Greatest Welsh Novel

Wales Arts Review has launched an online public vote to select the Greatest Welsh Novel from a short list of six candidates, drawn up by a panel of 50 Welsh writers, critics and academics.

Major Investment In Bus And Rail Links

As part of a £3.6m programme of investment to improve bus and rail links in the Pontypridd and wider Taff Ely area, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has secured more than £300,000 investment via the Welsh

Water released to help boost fish stocks

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is taking steps to encourage salmon and sewin (sea trout) to reach their spawning grounds and improve stocks.

Minister’s Written Statement on ILF

The Minister for Health, Professor Mark Drakeford AM, has issued a Written Statement on the Welsh Government’s Consultation on the future care and support arrangements for Independent Living Fund re

Superfast Cymru take-up is ‘frustratingly slow’

Take-up of Superfast Cymru is ‘frustratingly slow’ and must be improved.

Joint task force set up to address shortage of qualified nurses in social care

Following the All Wales Nurses Conference held in Llandudno on September 17 a task force has been set up to tackle the issue of nurse shortages in social care settings across Wales.

Government response to NHS review 'beggars belief'

BMA Cymru Wales has hit back at claims that its call for an independent review of the Welsh NHS was not representative of ordinary doctors.

Winter Celebration Grants

This winter year we’re offering a limited number of grants to older people’s groups across Wales to organise a get-together for potentially vulnerable older people during the winter months.

Phoenix Singers Annual Concert

Friday 10th October at 7:15pm Abercynon Community Centre – Abercynon – with Ynysowen Male Voice Choir and Ashley Richards!

RCT Council’s hidden spending coming to light.

Since the start of the cuts process we have constantly said that it is impossible for anyone to fully scrutinise the budget and come up with any alternative suggestions without full details of where the money is actually spent.

Young People Give Back

Forget DIY SOS and 60 Minute Makeover – it was a fresh new look for young people BY young people that was top of the listings at Llanilltud Faerdref Primary School!

Former Minister raises ‘significant concerns’ over Welsh Government climate change performance

Former Environment Minister criticises his own environmental targets

Plaid Cymru has called for a strengthening of the Welsh Government’s performance on climate change.

Actress Carey Mulligan joins Swansea Memory Walk

Actress and Alzheimer's Society ambassador Carey Mulligan joined over 1,700 participants at Swansea Memory Walk today (Sunday 5 October) as they walked to fight dementia.

Conservative party conference: NHS ‘resisting modernisation’ of wheelchair services

A disabled charity boss has described the “uphill battle” she has faced in trying to persuade the NHS to improve its wheelchair services for disabled children.

On The Road With Our Libraries!

An extensive mobile library service now makes over 500 stops and loans thousands of books to local residents throughout the entire County Borough.

Welsh Government introduces first Planning Bill of its kind in Wales PDF Print E-mail

The Welsh Government has introduced a Planning Bill – the first of its kind in Wales – with measures including a requirement for early community consultations on major developments and the introd

Welsh Government launches ILF consultation

The Welsh Government has launched its consultation on the future of the Independent Living Fund in Wales.

Carers may be left in the lurch by new public planning legislation in Wales

Carers Wales responds to the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Bill, which was introduced on 7 July 2014.

People could be left “stranded” by loss of vital emergency support

A loss of Government support for local emergency support schemes could leave people who are struggling to get basics like food, fuel or clothes stranded, Citizens Advice has warned.

RCT to close the hotel few knew they had

Amongst the proposals for further cuts going to Cabinet on 10th October is a suggestion that the hotel in Dare Valley Country Park should close.

RCT Council has a strange definition of equality

Throughout the drawn out process of budget setting and cutting services RCT Council have insisted that they are adhering to a set of principles, the first of which is that "services are as equitable as possible across Rhondda Cynon Taf."

Why has Big Weekend been costing us so much?

Wales online reports on the proposals for further cuts to be looked at by RCT cabinet next week.

RCT Council voluntary merger plans come out of the blue

A last minute "emergency" item was added to the RCT Labour Cabinet meeting on 2nd October - to start talks with Merthyr Council on a possible voluntary merger.

Why Rhondda and Tonyrefail school plans are wrong

Addressing the Cabinet meeting on Thursday 2nd October RCT Welsh Liberal Democrat Campaign Manager Karen Roberts said:

Kate Humble to launch Bee Friendly Monmouthshire

Kate Humble will launch the Bee Friendly Initiative at 11am on Friday 10 October.

Ombudsman fires warning to councils over care charging and commissioning

The Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) has warned councils not to significantly change contractual funding arrangements for current care home residents because they alter the way they commission care.

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Cabinet To Explore Merger Potential

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Leader, Cllr Andrew Morgan

The Cabinet of the Council has agreed to seek the interest of neighbour authorities to explore opportunities to voluntarily merge.

Welsh doctors accuse Labour ministers of bullying

The body representing 7,000 doctors in the Welsh NHS has written to AMs in response to the First Minister’s cavalier dismissal of their warning that the Welsh NHS was facing ‘imminent meltdown’.

‘The simple idea that has shaken adult social care to its foundations’

Six months on from a landmark Supreme Court ruling on deprivation of liberty, legal researcher Lucy Series analyses its impact
Deprivation of liberty, Deprivation of liberty special report,

Merger with Merthyr not in best interests of RCT

As we have said previously whilst we agree that there needs to be fewer Councils in Wales we do not agree with the Welsh Government proposal that RCT should merge with Merthyr.

Leadership needed on fracking

Welsh Government must listen to concerns on fracking

New approach to protecting wild salmon

A major change in the way Natural Resources Wales works to protect wild salmon has been agreed.

Vale of Glamorgan Council - Annual Improvement Report 2014

The report covers the Council’s delivery and evaluation of services in relation to 2012-13 and its planning of improvement for 2013-14.

Labour downgrades PISA targets

Labour Ministers today abandoned their target to improve Wales’ performance in international school performance league tables, replacing it with a new target of achieving scores surpassed by England

It is deeply worrying that young adults with diabetes are less likely to get their annual health checks

Dai Williams, Director of Diabetes UK Cymru, said: “It is deeply worrying that young adults with diabetes are less likely to get their annual health checks and also less likely to have their conditi

Rhondda Cynon Taf Mental Health Week

A range of events to raise awareness and understanding of mental health issues will be held in Rhondda Cynon Taf from October 3-9, 2014, to mark RCT Mental Health Week. This week of activities coincides with World Mental Health Day, which is held every year on October 10.

Serious question marks over environment law

Commenting on remarks made by the Sustainable Development Alliance on the Welsh Labour government’s ‘Future Generations Bill’ – which highlight Labour’s failure to recognise major issues aff

See how your council is coping with a surge in Dols cases

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (Dols) cases.

% rise in monthly Dols referrals between 2013-14 and 2014-15
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council
DOLS Authorisation Requests
2012/13: 14
2013/14: 8

Cycle Challenge Donations Top £11k Last updated

NFU Cymru Group Secretary, Julian Kelly, raised more than £11,000 Julian Kelly _275_182during his recent East Cost Bike Challenge, in aid of Velindre Cancer Centre - Victory Over Cancer Campaign.

Welsh politicians join ‘Question Time’ event

Four leading Welsh politicians are joining our ‘Question Time’ event on Friday 3 October in Cardiff Bay to discuss key UK Government policies.

More than £15m for RCT schools over next two years thanks to Welsh Lib Dems.

Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Members have secured a £106m two year funding boost for less well-off children as part of an extensive package following a budget deal with the Welsh Government.

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service warns older people about the ‘fire hour’

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service (SWFRS) has found that 8pm to 9pm is the hour where most over 60s in the South Wales area have been injured in accidental dwelling fires (ADFs) in the last year. Cardiff saw the highest number of ADF incidents

Tablets warning in Pontypridd

Police are warning the public about the dangers of taking medications without a prescription.

MST tablets, can be dangerous if taken without a prescription.

Have you had tools stolen recently?

We may have found them…

Tools suspected to be stolen found in Pontyclun.
Enquiries made by police officers in Pontyclun have uncovered a hoard of tools which we suspect have been stolen.


It could be argued that our political system is at breaking point. Some say politicians act in the interest of corporations and not of the people.

Liberty responds to Prime Minister's "British Bill of Rights" vow

Responding to the Prime Minister's promise of a British Bill of Rights to replace the Human Rights Act in his Conservative Party Conference speech today, Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty, said:

Council to consider further tough decisions

"We really do have no alternative other than to consider these proposals" - Cllr Andrew Morgan

ICO continues nuisance calls clampdown as over £500,000 issued in fines

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued a £70,000 fine to a Devon marketing firm responsible for hundreds of nuisance calls.

Almost one in 10 social workers forced to brink of quitting as stress takes its toll

The pressure of the job has never been greater, social workers tell Community Care and TMP job-seeking study

by Rachel Schraer on October 1, 2014 in Careers, News workforce, Research, Workforce

Working in partnership to improve the well-being of children, young people and families in poverty

We are pleased to announce that from today (October 1st ) onwards Children in Wales in partnership with Voices From Care and Tros Gynnal Plant has been funded to build on our existing work and deliver a programme of entitled ‘Tackling Poverty and Promoting Children’s Rights – children and famili


A major step forward towards halting the tide of inactivity and reducing Wales’ prescription bill will today be realised, according to the Welsh NHS Confederation and Sport Wales.

Call to action: Keep RCT Music Service

A third round of drastic cuts to services across Rhondda Cynon Taff has been revealed to include the disbandment of the once-championed Music Service.