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November 2014

Flood prevention work on the Nant Gwawr Aberaman

Flood prevention workin progress on the Nant Gwawr Aberaman


AFC Perthcelyn a respectful show of solidarity from just half the of mini section affected by another Tax on sport.

Possible pollution into the River Aman Aberdare

Following the discovery of possible pollution from a storm drain running into the River Aman from Cardiff Road Aberaman AberdareOnline informed Rhondda Cynon Taf Council together with Natural Resources Wales and Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water,

Santa Fun Run At Dare Valley Country Park

Registration opens at 9.30am, with entry priced £6 (Adults) and £4 (Children). To book your place call 01685 874672. For further details call the Council’s Events team on 01443 424123 or visit

Flappy Bird App Gets A Welsh Remake Thanks To Rhondda Young People

Launched earlier this year, the popular app Flappy Bird took the world by storm. Now, a Rhondda Charity working with young people have developed a tongue in cheek version for Wales. Farty Sheep is the newest mobile app developed by Penrhys Partnership’s Big Click project.

Family time tops Christmas lists in Wales

Family time tops Christmas lists in the Wales: New Relate survey reveals the region’s festive hopes and worries

Aled Roberts writes: Free school breakfasts fall short of helping poorest pupils

Aled Roberts AM talking with pupilsOn the 10th anniversary of free school breakfasts in Wales, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Education Minister Aled Roberts writes...

Worker Sold Counterfeit Goods In Mountain Ash Hospital

A hospital handyman who sold counterfeit goods in the workplace has been convicted of Trade Marks offences and fined more than £700.

Praise for control room 'unsung heroes'

Dr Chris Jones, DCMO and Janet Davies, Welsh Government Quality & Safety Advisor had been invited to spend a few hours talking to staff and listening in to calls in order to gain a first-hand view of a busy day at the centre.

Winter deaths - Age Cymru reaction

1,000 people aged 65 and over died in Wales last winter of preventable ‘cold-related illnesses’ according to figures issued today by the Office for National Statistics.


“We must take action now or we’ll have a nation sat on the sofa.”

"ALADDIN" coming to Cwmaman


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Book now by calling 01685 884410
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Girls Rugby Team - Year 10 & 11

St John Baptist High School Rugby Team competed in their very first tournament at Llandarcy, Neath this week.

Voluntary Merger between RCT and Merthyr ruled out but talks to go on.

RCT Welsh Liberal Democrats have welcomed the news that a voluntary merger between RCT and Merthyr Councils has been ruled out.
Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillor and Pontypridd Parliamentary candidate Mike Powell said

Shoppers put ‘safe driving’ on their Christmas list

South Wales Police teamed up with South Wales Fire are Rescue Service (SWFRS) and Tesco in Aberdare to encourage shoppers to drive safely this winter.

The Auditor General provides an update on his role in relation to the Well-being of Future Generations Bill

The Auditor General has written to the Chair of the Environment and Sustainability Committee, of the National Assembly for Wales, to report on how discussions with the Welsh Government have been progressing.

Neath Port Talbot Council “delivering key priorities”

But limitations in governance and performance evaluation could hinder future progress

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Leader's Statment on Merger

Commenting on the decision of Council not to express an interest to the Welsh Government to voluntary merge with another local authority at this time, Cllr Andrew Morgan, Leader of the Council said:

Plaid Cymru responds to Smith Commission: Wales must have parity with Scotland

Plaid Cymru's Jonathan Edwards MP has responded to the publication of the Smith Commission on further devolution for Scotland by saying that all Westminster parties must now join Plaid Cymru in ensuring that Wales gets the same powers.
Speaking after the announcement, Mr Edwards said:

Smith Commission is a giant step towards the Lib Dem vision of a federal UK - Kirsty Williams

Today, the Smith Commission report has been published, setting out the agreed cross-party vision for devolution to Scotland.

Responding to the, Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Kirsty Williams said:

Wales' children are UK's fattest

Commenting on the findings of a study by the Institute of Education that Wales has the UK’s highest proportion of obese and overweight 11 year olds and that children of less well-educated parents were more likely to be obese, Darren Millar AM, Shadow Minister for Health, said:

New guidance on weight loss surgery for people with Type 2 diabetes

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has today published new guidance on weight loss surgery for people with Type 2 diabetes.

The new guidance states that obese people with recently diagnosed Type 2 diabetes should be assessed for weight loss surgery.

Aberdare Community School Year 8 Geography Bristol Zoo Trip

Year 8 had an amazing time in Bristol Zoo as part of their Amazon rainforest project in Geography. Thanks to Miss Davies, Miss Vickers, Mrs Lambert, Mrs Reddy & Miss Wride.
Special thanks to the staff at Bristol Zoo who made the trip so memorable.

Missing Cwmaman teenager: Charlie Wright

Police are appealing for information to locate missing teenager Charlie Wright.

Missing from Cwmaman, Aberdare.

Automatic Library Card For Every Child In Wales

Welsh libraries Ynysboeth and other primary schools are joining forces to provide every primary school child with a library card.

Maerdy couple forced to pay back proceeds of crime

A Maerdy couple who defrauded over £52,000 from the benefits system now face being forced to sell their home in order to pay back the proceeds of their crime.

New Chairman for Wales YFC Youth Forum

L-R – Emily Lloyd (retiring Chairman), Elin Havard (Chairman), Sulwen Richards (Vice-Chairman).

Members from across Wales travelled to the Royal Welsh Showground for the annual Wales YFC Youth Forum AGM weekend held on the 22nd & 23rd November.


Plaid Cymru's Jonathan Edwards MP has launched a scathing attack on the First Minister of Wales who, when question by Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood in today's FMQs on financial parity for Wales with Scotland, responded "it's England's money."

Protecting faith tourism and religious buildings

Welsh Conservatives will today highlight the importance of faith tourism to the Welsh economy and call for development of a register of Wales’ most important religious buildings.

Extra Places Added To Races

An extra 50 places added for the Adult Fun Run

An extra 50 places have been added to the 2014 Nos Galan Road Races Adult Fun Run to meet the overwhelming demand.


Wales YFC will hold a full programme of activities at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Winter Fair, and for many of the Wales YFC members the lure of the Winter Fair is just as strong as that of the Royal Welsh Show.

ONS evidence torpedoes Labour e-cig ban

Welsh Labour’s planned restrictions on e-cigarettes, a key plank of their public health reforms, was torpedoed today by evidence from the Office for National Statistics that e-cigarettes do not represent a gateway to smoking.

Committee to look at protecting children from smacking

The National Assembly has voted to set up a new committee to look at the issues involved in a ban on smacking children in Wales.

High-Powered Race Sponsor

We are delighted to announce that Vattenfall is one of the major sponsors at the 2014 Nos Galan Road Races

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is delighted to announce that Vattenfall is one of the major sponsors at the 2014 Nos Galan Road Races.

Taff Trail improvements

Cyclists and walkers taking a ride or stroll along the Taff Trail through Rhondda Cynon Taf this winter will see a number of improvements to the route.

Housebound Residents Applaud Library Service

Disabled residents who benefit from the Council’s Housebound Library Service are applauding the first-class service to their door.

Buy new trains with new powers instead of building new M4 says Eluned Parrott

The Welsh Lib Dems are urging the Welsh Government to use its newly devolved powers around rail franchising to plan for the future with a Welsh Rolling Stock Strategy, investing in new train carriages and ensuring the future growth of our rail services.

‘Disabled people need to be recognised as sexual beings’

Disability doesn't take away a person's sexual identity. By supporting disabled people to have a healthy sex life, social care professionals will see the positive impact it can have, says Tuppy Owens

By Tuppy Owens

Get An Affordable Computer Thanks To Microsoft

There’s now an easier way than ever to start using the internet with your ready-to-go, very affordable computer.

Residents on certain benefits can get a refurbished computer thanks to a digital inclusion scheme backed by Microsoft.

Auditing bodies unite to produce good practice guide on whistleblowing

A good practice guide for workers and employers of the public sector has been produced jointly by the four supreme audit agencies of the UK, including the Wales Audit Office.

Update Right of Way at Ynys Fields and Aberdare Canal Head

We know quite a few people have shown concerns over the blocked Right of Way at the Ynys fields.

An update from Rhondda Cynon Taf Council explains that the problem was found to be that a non-return valve had failed in one of the water pumps but this has been rectified.

Stroke patients benefit from new community support service at Cwm Taf University Health Board

The Deputy Minister for Health, Vaughan Gething, visited Prince Charles Hospital today (November 24) to launch the second all-Wales Stroke Annual Report.

Council mergers: Labour plucks another number out of ‘thin air’

Commenting on latest comments made by Labour’s public services minister this week, ahead of Friday’s voluntary merger deadline – in which he told the BBC that senior Labour figures would like to see ‘six’ councils in Wales – Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Local Government, Janet Finch-Sau

First Flood Alleviation Scheme Storms to Completion!

First of four schemes storms to completion thanks to £2.5M flood alleviation funding secured by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council from the Capital Fund, the European Regional Development Fund and Welsh Government’s Flood Risk Management Grant.

Help us train Wales' schoolchildren to become lifesavers

FAMILY members are being urged to help schoolchildren become lifesavers by making a donation to St John Cymru Wales next week.

Flat fire: Pontypridd

Police in Pontypridd are appealing for information following a suspicious fire in a block of flats on Friday morning (21 November).
At around 7am a fire broke out in a stairwell in Pavia Court – a block of flats off Graigwen Road, Pontypridd.

Pilot programme of training, development and support for under-represented groups in public appointments

The Welsh Government believes that public bodies should have board members who reflect Welsh society – people from all walks of life – to help them understand people’s needs and make better decisions. Boards should, as far as possible, be representative of the communities they serve.

New bid for health impact assessments

BMA Cymru Wales has called for the introduction of statutory health impact assessments as part of a new bill streamlining planning laws.

Poppies of the Valley

As the poppies from The Tower of London are dismantled pupils, staff and governors of St John Baptist Church in Wales High School are building their garden of poppies as a reflection of the peace which must come from remembrance. During the month of November at St.

Please declare Rhondda Cynon Taf as a frack free Local Authority

Pontypridd Friends of the Earth
By declaring Rhondda Cynon Taf free from fracking we will be leading the way to a cleaner and more sustainable future.
We can set a precedent for other local authorities by showing that we are making responsible and positive changes in our community.

Pontypridd Traders Support Safer Town Operations

Pontypridd businesses are joining the crackdown on crime and anti-social behaviour in their town centre.

Plaid Cymru response to news on Welsh rail infrastructure

Responding to today’s news on Welsh rail infrastructure, Plaid Cymru’s shadow Economy and Transport Minister, Rhun ap Iorwerth AM said:

‘Keep Wales Safe, give up the gun’ sees over 100 weapons handed in

A Southern Wales firearms surrender has resulted in over 100 weapons being handed in to the police.
South Wales Police along with Gwent Police and Dyfed Powys Police gave people the chance to give up any real, fake, toy or antique guns or ammunition during a 12-day operation.

Pontypridd Bridge Weekend Closure

British Telecom will close Pontypridd’s Victoria Road bridge this weekend for essential works.

The bridge will be closed from 7pm tonight (Friday, November 21) to 6am on Monday (November 24).

Eluned Parrott writes: Rail franchise devolution shows Lib Dem influence in Government

Eluned Parrott portrait (Stephen Radford)Eluned Parrott AM, the Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Transport Minister, has welcomed the news that the Welsh rail franchise will be devolved to the Welsh Government and that the Valleys lines electrification will go ahead. She writes below...

Warm welcome for electrification deal

Commenting on today’s deal to electrify rail track in the south Wales valleys, Welsh Conservative Leader Andrew RT Davies AM, said:

"This is hugely welcome news that will boost the Welsh economy, create jobs and secure growth.

Welsh Ambulance Service staff urged to enter 2015 NHS Wales Awards

HEALTHCARE staff and students at the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust, who are delivering innovative ways of improving patient care, are being urged to enter the NHS Wales Awards 2015.

Voluntary merger with Merthyr ruled out.

RCT Welsh Liberal Democrats have welcomed the news that a voluntary merger between RCT and Merthyr Councils has been ruled out.

Urdd National Netball Tournament

St John Baptist High School U15 and U13 teams competed within the national netball tournament. Unfortunately neither team have qualified into the next stage of tournament as the calibre of the other schools competing was very high.

Prime Minister and First Minister treating Wales as second-class nation

Plaid Cymru’s Hywel Williams MP has criticised comments made earlier today by the Prime Minister in which he confirmed that there would be no reform of the Barnett Formula on the horizon.

Nos Galan Road Races For Places

Have you registered to take part yet?

The ‘Race for a Place’ at the 2014 Nos Galan Road Races really is on – with the Elite Race already full!

BHF welcomes ruling for immediate improvement of UK air pollution levels

The British Heart Foundation has welcomed a legal ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union ordering immediate action to cut air pollution levels in the UK which will protect the nation’s heart health.

Talks start on teachers’ pay

The Welsh Government has confirmed it is in talks about the possibility of devolving teachers’ pay and conditions.

Intimacy in care homes

Alzheimer's Society is calling for greater training and awareness among care home staff when it comes to sex and relationships.

The Mayor's Week, November 9-15

Rhondda Cynon Taf’s Mayor joined citizens from across the county borough during his civic week November 9-15, to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

FUW Christmas card boost for charities

The Farmers' Union of Wales president's chosen charities - Tŷ Hafan and Tŷ Gobaith children's hospices - will be the big winners thanks to the union's annual children's competition to design a Christmas card with a farming theme that once again attracted hundreds of entries.

Road Safety Week continues

Road Safety Week continues in Rhondda Cynon Taf, with pupils from across the County Borough getting involved in the awareness-raising issues - and helping the public, too!

Hospital meals for just £1.34

There is considerable variation in the value of patient meals in Welsh hospitals, with some meals costing less than £1.50, according to figures exposed by the Welsh Conservatives today.

Multiple awards for Cwm Taf’s nurses at

Cwm Taf University Health Board is celebrating the recognition of its nursing staff at the Royal College of Nursing in Wales Awards ceremony held on Wednesday, November 19th 2014.

Nurses from the University Health Board excelled in each of the five categories:

Swim Coach Haller gets UK recognition

Legendary swimming coach Dave Haller was recognised for his lifetime achievements in sport at the UK Coaching Awards last night (Wednesday 19th November).

People with diabetes not allowed vital prescriptions

People with diabetes are being denied the opportunity to effectively monitor their blood glucose levels because their prescriptions for test strips are being restricted, according to a new survey by Diabetes UK.

Children in Wales marks 25th anniversary of children’s rights convention

Children in Wales is reflecting on progress made towards making children’s rights a reality in Wales and across the world, as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the United National Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Scam mail door hangers

Age Cymru has teamed up with Western PowerDistribution (WPD) to help protect older people from criminals who target them with scam mail.

We've produced handy fact-packed door hangers to remind older people how to spot scam mail.

Age Cymru’s Chief Executive, Ian Thomas says:

road safety at Tesco Aberdare

Put ‘road safety’ on your shopping list this Friday…
The Tesco store in Aberdare is continuing to help stamp out irresponsible driving in the region.

Aberdare Christmas Event

Aberdare Christmas Event 29th November 2014

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council The Budget Challenge

Like all Councils in Wales, Rhondda Cynon Taf faces a huge budget challenge in the coming months and years, as we see our budget continually reduced, as a result of UK Government cuts to public spending.

Shop 'Till You Drop With FREE Festive Parking

Shop ‘till you drop this Christmas as Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is offering its shoppers FREE parking in all of its Pay and Display car parks throughout December.

Plaid Cymru helps homes keep out the winter chill

Party of Wales works to lower energy bills while 1 in 4 live in fuel poverty

Plaid Cymru has today highlighted the devastating effect that fuel poverty is having on Wales, and has outlined its efforts to help customers who face some of the highest energy prices.

Disturbed sleep patterns could cause memory problems

Eating during normal times for sleep may be harmful to memory according to a study presented at Neuroscience 2014 conference in Washington DC today (Tuesday 18 November 2014).

Parking Scheme Consultation Continues

A second phase of consultation over residential parking schemes in Pontypridd and Treforest will begin this week.

Cwmbach Community Primary School

Cwmbach Community Primary School
Llangorse Road
Rhondda Cynon Taff
CF44 0HS
November 2014
Cwmbach Community Primary School
Outcome of the monitoring visit

Major Support for the Races

Wales rugby internationals Jamie Roberts and Alex Cuthbert urge people to sign up for the Nos Galan Road Races

The 2014 Nos Galan Races, which once again look set to be a spectacular event, is this year being sponsored by four local businesses and organisations.

Children at Maes y Coed Primary school help with health campaign

Maes y Coed Primary School in Pontypridd along with four other Schools in the Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr area are helping Cwm Taf University Health Board promote a campaign to educate people about medicines and the importance of not stockpiling.

Welsh cancer waiting times worsen again

Cancer waiting times in Wales got worse in September 2014, for the second month in a row, according to figures published today.

85.1% of patients with urgent suspected cancer began treatment within two months. Labour’s target of 95% has not been met since 2008.

Officers appeal for van vigilance following thefts: Aberdare

Police in Aberdare are calling for vigilance following a number of vehicle break-ins in Aberdare and surrounding areas.
Four vans were targeted some time overnight between 16 and 17 November.
Windows have been smashed and locks have been breached to gain entry.

Police appeal following armed robbery in Aberdare

Police in Aberdare are appealing for information following an armed robbery at a shop in Aberdare.
At just before 4pm on Friday, 7 November, two men armed with knives went into the store on Langorse Road demanding the shopkeeper opens the till.

Budget benefits from Welsh Lib Dem influence

In the chamber today Peter Black AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Finance, will highlight the positive influence the Welsh Liberal Democrats have had on the Welsh Government's Annual Budget.

Remembrance Sunday

St John Baptist High School honour and remembrance of all those in the Armed Services, our school held a service and a two minute silence on 11th November 2014.

Wales cancer patient survey reveals government and health board action needed

Macmillan has welcomed a patients’ comments report on cancer treatment and care in Wales which details high levels of satisfaction around surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy and praise for specialist nurses.

All-Wales budget needed for the long-term

Party of Wales leader Leanne Wood has today expressed disappointment that the Labour Welsh Government has failed three ‘key tests’ in its draft budget.

Ms Wood said her party’s three tests include:

Sign Up For Santa Run

Get into the festive spirit and sign up for Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s annual Santa Run.

It promises to be a fantastic warm-up event ahead of the world-famous Nos Galan Road Races in Mountain Ash on New Year’s Eve.

Police appeal following theft and assault in Taffs Well

Police in Pontypridd are appealing for information following an unusual incident on Cardiff Road, Taffs Well.

pudsey party marks children in need grant for tŷ hafan

Tŷ Hafan, the family hospice for young lives, celebrated being awarded a BBC Children in Need grant for £107,238 with a Pudsey Party at its hospice in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Road Safety Week Gears Up

Brynnau school children joined Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and charity Brake to launch Road Safety Week in Wales this morning. Enjoy the picture special from the week.

IPCC investigating police response to incidents prior to violent attack on woman in Newport

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating the actions of officers from Gwent Police after a woman was stabbed several times by her ex-partner, within hours of her notifying the force that he was texting her, in breach of a harassment warning.

IR(ME)R Inspection Report for Princess of Wales Hospital published

An inspection to assess compliance with the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2000 and the 2006 and 2011 amendments for diagnostic imaging was undertaken on 18th and 19th August 2014 at the radiology department at Princess of Wales Hospital (POWH), Bridgend part of the Abertawe Br

Launch of 2015 NHS Wales Awards!

Healthcare staff and students at Cwm Taf University Health Board, who are delivering innovative ways of improving patient care, are being urged to enter the NHS Wales Awards 2015 which are launched today (November 18, 2014).

A report on Treorchy Primary School

During each inspection, inspectors aim to answer three key questions:
Key Question 1: How good are the outcomes?
Key Question 2: How good is provision?
Key Question 3: How good are leadership and management?

Cardiff Road RTC, Aberdare: Appeal for witnesses

South Wales Police is appealing for information following a serious road traffic collision which occurred in Aberdare on Monday, 17 November 2014 .

Cllr Mike Powell supports Men United v Prostate Cancer.

Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillor Mike Powell has added his name to Prostate Cancer UK's campaign, Men United v Prostate Cancer. The campaign aims to unite people across the UK in raising awareness of and fighting prostate cancer.

Caring Leighton honoured for going extra mile

A care worker renowned for "going the extra mile" was honoured at Wales’ top care awards.

Put your questions to the FIS via Twitter! Rhondda Cynon Taf Council

Parents and carers in Rhondda Cynon Taf can communicate with the Council’s Family Information Service (FIS) via social media on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, during national DIAL A FIS Day.

Around The World For The Races

Darryn Lloyd Price will be travelling from Brisbane to take part in the Nos Galan Road Races!

The Nos Galan Road Races truly are a global phenomenon, with competitors from around the world set to converge on Rhondda Cynon Taf once again on New Year’s Eve.

New imaging technique could show us the progression of inflammation in the brain

The development of a 'tracer' that could show changes in the brain associated with inflammation will be reported today (17 November 2014) at the Neuroscience 2014 conference in Washington DC.

Support Our Santa Appeal!

Do not let a child miss out this Christmas – support Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s 2014 Santa Appeal by donating a special gift, no matter how big or small.

Welsh Water encourages pupils to celebrate toilets

Global Citizenship, Environmental Awareness and World Toilet Day are top of the agenda.

Lack of rights leaving private renters powerless

Citizens Advice has called for greater protection for people living in the private rented sector. The national charity’s comments come as the Joseph Rowntree Foundation publishes new research showing that by 2040 one in five people will live in a rented home.

YEAR 8 Mountain Ash 10’s Rugby Tournament Wednesday 12th November

Students Involved
Year 8 - Jacob Davies, Jack Davies, Kai Jones, Liam Hayman, Marcus Jones, Scott Phillips, Cory
Bunney, Kieran Coomer, Mason Jones, Dylan Clarke, Kian Jones,
Year 7 – Jayden King, Ben Meredith, Callum Williams, Dafydd Williams

Official Opening of Sobell Leisure Centre

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has officially opened its flagship Sobell Leisure Centre, showcasing its exceptional facilities to some of the biggest sporting stars in the county borough and beyond.

IT Workforce Celebrated For Success

A showcase event celebrating a new initiative between Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Microsoft has paid tribute to the high achievers of the County Borough.

Warning over bogus charity collectors

Rhondda Cynon Taf Trading Standards and Licensing Departments are warning residents to be vigilant against door-to-door charity collectors who appear to be operating within the County Borough and posing as a charity.

DWP admits investigating 60 benefit-related deaths since 2012

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has carried out 60 secret reviews into benefit-related deaths in less than three years, Disability News Service (DNS) can reveal.

DWP released the figures in response to a series of Freedom of Information Act (FoI) requests by DNS.

IPCC Chair meets Orgreave campaigners

Independent Police Complaints Commission Chair Anne Owers ,Commissioner Cindy Butts, and Associate Commissioner Guido Liguori today met with representatives of the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign to update them on next steps for the IPCC scoping exercise and decision on the referral by the So

The Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Counci Engagement Sessions

The Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, Councillor Andrew Morgan has today announced the dates for the local engagements events which will take place as part of the consultation process for Music and Nursery Service Change proposals.

Judge brands DWP jobseeker’s agreement ‘unlawful’, after action by disabled claimant

A judge has told the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) that part of the agreement signed by out-of-work benefit claimants does not comply with the law, following a legal challenge from a disabled job-seeker.

GermanWings says it's pulling out of Cardiff Airport

Commenting on a claim from GermanWings that it is withdrawing from Cardiff Airport, just seven months after launching weekly flights to and from Dusseldorf, Byron Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Transport, said:

Spending on agency social workers has increased by a third

Community Care’s annual investigation finds average spend on temporary agency staff is £1.8m per council

by Rachel Schraer

Muni decision stands after Cabinet admit they didn’t look at plans.

A special meeting of the Corporate Services Scrutiny Committee was held this morning after a "call in" request was made by three Councillors - Independent Cllrs Paul Wasley and Lyndon Walker and Welsh Liberal Democrat Mike Powell.

Nursery education cuts will lead to childcare problems

After having their initial proposal to cut nursery education from full to part time overturned in court last May the Labour Cabinet in RCT are yet again trying to force it through and are currently consulting on it.

The Saints Go Marching on'

Last night St John Boys Year 8 became Cynon Schools Champions. The tournament was held at Mountain Ash RFC and run until 7pm.

Santa's Christmas Cottage

Get along to Santa’s Christmas Cottage at the Dare Valley Country Park in Aberdare

Father Christmas will once again be setting up a temporary residence in Rhondda Cynon Taf right up until Christmas Eve.

Just 37 per cent of people in Wales think it would be easy to cook for someone with diabetes

Just 37 per cent of people in Wales would find it easy to tailor a meal for someone with diabetes, according to a new survey. The figures for Wales are below the national average of 40 percent in the YouGov* survey commissioned by Diabetes UK and Tesco.

Innovation at Prince Charles Hospital’s Fracture Clinic

Thanks to the innovation of staff at Prince Charles Hospital’s Fracture Clinic, Year Three pupils of Gwaunfarren Primary School are now a little less fearful of visiting the hospital’s plaster room should they break a bone.

Majority want same powers as Scotland

Responding to a YouGov poll that finds that 63% of people think Wales should have the same powers as Scotland, the Party of Wales leader Leanne Wood said:

"The people of Wales deserve nothing less than to be placed on an equal footing with Scotland.

Make Your Metal Matter

RCT Council and TV presenter Iolo Williams have today (13th November) called on residents of Rhondda Cynon Taf to ‘make their metals matter’ and recycle more of the metal packaging items they use at home every year.

Support for Cwm Taf Veterans

Veterans across Cwm Taf are being urged to come forward to access this service. William Watkins and Julie Devlin are Cwm Taf University Health Board’s Veterans NHS Wales team. Based in Pontypridd with Maria

Residents Embrace "Too Many Black Bags" Campaign!

Residents across Rhondda Cynon Taf are embracing the new “too many black bags” campaign, with NO fines being issued for additional side waste so far!

The Council launched its “Too Many Black Bags, Recycle or Face a Fine!” campaign earlier this year.

Pupils’ numeracy skills are still weak in around half of schools

In just under half of primary and secondary schools inspected in 2013-2014, pupils develop good or better numeracy skills and in the remaining schools, pupils’ numerical skills are at best average according to a report published today by Estyn.

RCP president visits Royal Glamorgan Hospital to meet doctors leading change

The president of the Royal College of Physicians, one of the world’s leading medical organisations, yesterday (Wednesday 12 November) visited the Royal Glamorgan Hospital to meet front-line staff working to transform medical services in Llantrisant.

Welsh patients falling behind rest of UK

Patients in Wales are waiting far longer than those in other parts of the UK to begin NHS treatment and the gap is widening, figures published today confirm.

Welsh Water launches new Social Tariff to help more than 100,000 customers

New social tariff will be aimed at over 100,000 disadvantaged customers
Targeted at customers spending more than 5% of income on water bills
Company invested £174 million in capital projects between April and September

The Death of Sport in Rhondda Cynon Taf

This is a petition in relation to the proposed charges that the R.C.T Council plan to introduce on ALL sports teams using their parks from next season. Importantly, this will include charges to the many childrens teams that currently run within the R.C.T.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council need your view

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is asking residents for their views on how their transport will look from 2015 and beyond.

The Council along with Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil and Torfaen Councils have jointly produced a draft South East Wales Valleys Local Transport Plan.

Welsh Lib Dems bring #ScrapTheTolls campaign to the Assembly

Severn Bridge tolls AMsThe Welsh Liberal Democrats are calling on all parties in the National Assembly to support the Liberal Democrat policy of scrapping the Severn Bridge tolls when the bridges come back into public ownership, as they lead a debate on the issue today.

Protecting children should be Welsh Government priority

Party of Wales spokesperson tells Mumsnet that Government should put children’s wellbeing first by changing law on physical punishment

A472 Fiddlers Elbow Viaduct Update

Emergency speed restrictions have been extended to the westbound lanes for motorists travelling over the A470 link bridge between Abercynon and Nelson (A472 Fiddlers Elbow viaduct).

Three-point plan to help 400,000 households with high energy costs

Plaid Cymru unveils three-point plan for off-grid homes

Plaid Cymru the Party of Wales has unveiled a three-point plan to help the estimated 400,000 households in Wales who are off the gas network and face higher costs and little consumer protection.

CCTV released to identify suspect: Tylorstown

Police in Rhondda are appealing for help in identifying this man caught on CCTV.
He attempted to steal something from a shop and when the shop worker intervened, he threatened him using racist language.
The incident occurred in Tylorstown back in August 2014.

Expensive community energy scheme labelled 'hugely disappointing'

Despite spending almost two and a half million pounds on a community energy scheme in Wales, Labour has only facilitated the completion of one project in four years.

Plaid Cymru acts to grant votes at 16

As the Wales Bill is debates in the Lords, Plaid Cymru's Lord Dafydd Wigley and Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas have tabled an amendment that, if passed, would empower the Assembly to determine whether 16 and 17 year olds could participate in Assembly elections.

Number of Welsh people out of work goes UP while UK average falls

Today's unemployment figures for Wales show an increase in Welsh unemployment and the historical gap in unemployment rates compared to the UK average remains.

Older people's winter worries

Rising energy costs and keeping warm in their own homes will be big concerns for over 65s in Wales this winter.

That’s according to figures we're releasing today which show:

A&E waits in Labour-run Welsh NHS get worse

Accident & Emergency waiting times in the Labour-run NHS got worse in September 2014, new figures published today show.

Just 86.3% of patients spent less than four hours waiting to be seen in Welsh A&E departments until admission, transfer or discharge.

YEAR 5/6 Hockey Festival

Wednesday the 12th of November 2014 Mountain Ash Comprehensive School held their first Hockey Festival. 130 year 5/6 students attended the festival with their class teachers to enjoy a fun filled
day of hockey skills and fun games.

Tearing up the Labour manifesto in RCT

The following excerpts are all taken from the Labour Council manifesto of 2012. Just about every promise has been broken.
People trusted them to deliver - we hope they will not be taken in by them in the same way again

The educational impact of Labour’s proposed nursery cuts

Nothing has fundamentally changed since the cut from full to part time nursery provision was initially proposed by the Labour Cabinet last year.

Story of south Wales’s Co-operative movement

Story of south Wales’s Co-operative movement
‘completely neglected’ according to new book

Netball November

For many, it brings back school day memories of slightly itchy sports pants and outdoor PE lessons on freezing cold days, where the teacher’s whistle was as shrill as the icy winds that were making our cheeks burn.

Spread the word about Type 1 diabetes symptoms

On Friday 14 November it is World Diabetes Day and I want to take this opportunity to raise awareness of the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes with your readers.

Honour for dedicated voluntary worker

Jill Richards’ decades of voluntary work for the benefit of Llanharan have been recognised with an honour from the Queen.

Bryncae resident Mrs Richards, who was recently presented with the British Empire Medal, says her years of dedicated work were for the village she loves.

Muni decision "called in" for scrutiny

Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillor Mike Powell has signed a "call in" request along with two Independent Councillors to ask that the decision to allow the Muni to be run by a community consortium be looked at more closely.

Hirwaun Woman burgles house and plots to steal life savings of pensioner with Dementia

A woman who plotted to steal the life savings of a 94 year-old man who had just been admitted to a care home suffering from Dementia has been sent to prison.

Get Set To Visit Santa's Toy Mine

Book today to visit Santa's Toy Mine at the Rhondda Heritage Park

No Christmas would be complete without taking the little ones along to Santa’s Toy Mine at Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s premier tourist attraction.

Labour's "astonishing" land grab could have prejudiced M4 decision

Following revelations by the Week In, Week Out programme that the Welsh Government has purchased property as far ago as 2005 in preparation for the M4 'black route', the Welsh Liberal Democrats have warned that the final route decision could have been prejudiced.

Welsh government sets out draft ‘eligibility test’ for new social care law

Eligibility criteria set out in first tranche of draft regulations underpinning Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014

by Andy McNicoll

Aberdare Community School visit the Harry Potter Studio

On Tuesday 21st October, all the year 7 pupils in Gamma band went to the Harry Potter Studios near London. The school organised the trip for all pupils in Year 7, with Omega and Delta bands going on the Wednesday and Thursday of the same week.

Thinking of learning Welsh? There's a new course starting in ASDA, Aberdare!

There are a few places left on this brand new Beginners Welsh course at Asda, Aberdare.

The next class takes place on Monday 17th November from 6pm - 8pm.

Flooding in the Ynys fields Aberdare

Photograph by Clive Stanley Williams

Back in the summer public money paid out on new submersible water pumps and ancillary works so WHY is this Public Right of Way flooded again with the first heave rain of the winter?

RCT Councillor under investigation.

The South Wales Echo today reports that Labour Councillor Bob McDonald who represents the Tonyrefail East ward is under investigation for as yet unrevealed breaches of the code of conduct.

Unsettled weather brings risk of flooding

With unsettled weather forecast to continue this week, Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is asking people to be alert for the possibility of localised flooding.

Too many older people living in care homes in Wales have an unacceptable quality of life says Commissioner

Too many older people living in care homes in Wales have an unacceptable quality of life, according to a report published today by the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales.

TV leaders' debates - open letter to BBC Trust from Plaid Cymru MPs and others

Rona Fairhead
Chair – BBC Trust
BBC Trust Unit
180 Great Portland Street
London W1W 5QZ

Dear Rona,

Christmas Events in RCT

Temporary road closures will be in place during the Christmas events

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is pleased to announce the following Christmas events:

Innovative Council Service Wins UK Award

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has achieved a UK award for the integrity of its Street Information programme which allows residents to find a wide range of service through the internet or when contacting the Council.

Plaid Cymru supports NHS staff 1% rise, says Shadow Health Minister

Better terms and conditions essential to raise morale

Plaid Cymru’s Shadow Health Minister, Elin Jones has criticised the Welsh Government for refusing to agree a 1% wage rise for NHS staff who have suffered from years of pay restraint.

Specialist Autism Unit Improves Lives

Deputy headteacher Julia Render with Education Dept. Members Gaynor Davies, Esther Thomas, Cabinet Officer Cllr Eudine Hanagan, Andrea Richards of the Education Service and local ward member Cllr Sue Pickering

"Clear need for rethink on care homes" following watchdog report

A report released today claiming Welsh care homes are seen as places of "irreversible decline" shows the need for a rethink on care homes, the Welsh Liberal Democrats have said today.

Council Website Gets Top Ranking

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s popular website continues to go from strength to strength and has been ranked among the best in the UK.

Welsh police urge people to ‘Keep Wales Safe, give up the gun’

The three police forces of Dyfed-Powys, South Wales and Gwent are appealing for people to ‘Keep Wales Safe, give up the gun’ by surrendering any unlicensed or unwanted firearms, with a two week initiative starting today. (Monday 10th November)

BEAT FLU appeal to healthcare workers: lead by example – get the jab

Healthcare staff working in nursing homes, private hospitals and in private community healthcare settings across Wales are being urged to get protected against flu by getting a flu vaccine.

Care home bosses in Wales have backed a call for urgent reforms of the way services are commissioned and paid for.

A review into the quality of life and care of older people in care homes in Wales conducted by the Older People's Commissioner has revealed worrying flaws in procedures for commissioning social care.

Rily Publications presents its first original children's book

Rily Publications is excited to announce its first original bilingual children’s fiction, Dannedd Mel Morgwn, written by author and editor Gordon Jones.

Working for the Welsh Ambulance Service, by Tracy Myhill

I HAVE been here for just over a month now and am getting a good feel for the organisation, and how it works. I am getting out and about to catch up with staff, meet trade unions and meet with our managers. A big thank you to all those who have made me feel so welcome.

Age Cymru backs care home report

Age Cymru is supporting the Older People's Commissioner for Wales's call for more action to support vulnerable older people in care homes in Wales.

Schools Cross Country Picture Special

Pictures are now online from Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s successful Junior Cross Country Championships, which is involving hundreds of schoolchildren from across the county borough.

Co-operAtive Life in South Wales, 1890–1964

Alun Burge is a historian of the co-operative movement. He has worked with co-operatives since 1985 in a variety of national and international roles, including five years living in Nicaragua. After returning to Wales, he worked in the Welsh Government’s Department of Social Justice.

Lack of awareness of the 330 diabetes related amputations in Wales

Fewer than half of people are aware that diabetes can cause serious complications such as amputations, according to a new survey, despite the fact that there are around 330 diabetes-related amputations in Wales a year.

Plaid leader’s get tough plea as more Welsh workers fail to receive the Minimum Wage

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood says the time for a softly softly approach to employers flouting the National Minimum Wage (NMW) is long gone.

Local Engagement Sessions

The Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, Councillor Andrew Morgan has today announced the dates for the local engagements events which will take place as part of the consultation process for Music and Nursery Service Change proposals.

Redouble efforts for Wales to rival Scotland in election focus

Only a resurgent Plaid Cymru general election campaign can ensure that the needs of Wales don’t get overshadowed by Scotland in the 2015 parliament.

This is the key message issued today to Plaid Cymru activists and supporters by Plaid’s Election Co-ordinator, Dafydd Wigley.

Support Our Santa Appeal!

Do not let a child miss out this Christmas – support Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s 2014 Santa Appeal by donating a special gift, no matter how big or small.

Welfare Rights service for people with sensory loss

RNIB Cymru is delighted that the Big Lottery Fund has awarded £940k for an innovative welfare rights service for people with sensory loss in Wales.

Festival of Remembrance Concert

The Festival of Remembrance

The annual Festival of Remembrance Concert has taken place at Rhondda Sports Centre, honouring our Armed Forces past and present and commemorating the centenary of the First World War.

Plaid politicians plea to major Welsh sport outfits over living wage

Major Welsh sporting clubs and organisations have been urged to pay all their employees a living wage of £7.85 an hour.

Welsh Government Consultation on a Revised Child Poverty Strategy

The Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010 placed a statutory duty on Welsh Ministers to publish a Child Poverty Strategy for Wales and to set objectives for tackling child poverty and improving the outcomes of low income families.

First year History and English students take London by storm

Freshers trip to London
As part of the University’s induction programme around 60 first-year English and History students enjoyed two days of cultural sightseeing in central London.

Best in RCT

Owen Emson-Moore has worked extremely hard this term on mastering the use of Microsoft Office – Word, as part of the Microsoft Academy qualification he is studying.

North Sea Cup

Congratulations to Greg Llewellyn, Nicholas Kerley and Steffan Geary who have been selected to represent Wales at Water Polo in the North Sea Cup.

They will be playing Denmark, Scotland and Ireland.

We wish them every success.

Removal of out of hours GP service highlights disgrace of Labour’s false promises

The Welsh Labour Government has announced that they are putting £10m extra in the NHS in order to "help secure and improve primary care services across Wales, ensuring they are the engine room of the Welsh NHS."

x factor stars visit tŷ hafan

X Factor singers The Brooks had a spooktacular time when they visited Tŷ Hafan earlier this week.

Ambulance and fire services capitalise on partnership

THE Welsh Ambulance Service (WAS) has teamed up with South Wales Fire and Rescue Services (SWFRS) to ensure that its emergency response vehicles are located at the ‘right place’ in Cardiff to enable it to respond to the ‘right patients’ in the ‘right time’.

Why Council’s nursery cuts are unfair and inequitable

The Labour Cabinet are currently consulting on cuts to nursery education. The proposals were originally put forward last year, but a judicial review found that the decision was unlawfully taken and so the plans could not go ahead. Now they are back on the table.

Jayson hailed as a hero at social care Oscars

An inspirational care worker involved in the rehabilitation of people with mental health problems back into the community enjoyed a night in the limelight as one of the “heroes” of the profession.

Nine jobs created through awards to innovative RCT projects

Nine new posts have been created by three Rhondda Cynon Taf social enterprises as the result of awards worth more than £120,000 from a regeneration initiative set up to help communities across the Valleys.

‘Organisations must act now to avoid oldest hackers' trick in the book’ says ICO

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is warning organisations that they must make sure their websites are protected against one of the most common forms of online attack – known as SQL injection.

New rights to complain about private social services and palliative care services come into force

People in Wales who fund their own social care or receive palliative care will be able to make complaints about those services to the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales (PSOW) under a change to the law coming into force today (Saturday 1 November).

Welsh Cancer Drugs Fund petition accepted

The Welsh Labour Government has today issued a statement announcing changes to the Individual Patient Funding Request process, just minutes before the presentation of a petition demanding a Cancer Treatments Fund, signed by 98,230 people.

Be A Good Neighbour For National Consumer Week

Residents are being urged to join the fight against doorstep crime during National Consumer Week – by protecting themselves – and helping to protect the elderly and the vulnerable from offenders, too.

ESA claimants set for leap ‘from frying-pan into fire’ as Maximus wins WCA contract

The government has sparked fury after appointing a US company with a lengthy record of discrimination, incompetence and alleged fraud to take over delivery of its controversial “fitness for work” tests from the much-criticised Atos Healthcare.

Prosecutions double for abuse or neglect of people who lack capacity

Number of care workers or carers charged with offences under Mental Capacity Act 2005 reached all-time high in 2013-14

by Andy McNicoll on November 5, 2014 in Adult safeguarding, Adults, Care Work, Mental Capacity Act

Eighty percent of low income households are worried about energy bills

This winter, Citizens Advice is offering record levels of support to vulnerable people who are struggling with their energy bills. Thirty eight per cent of people told the charity that, before getting help from the programme, they couldn’t heat their homes enough to be comfortable.

'Beat flu' says Age Cymru

Age Cymru is encouraging over 65s and those with long term underlying medical conditions to get their winter flu vaccination.

We’re supporting Public Health Wales’s annual Beat Flu immunisation programme which is now underway.

Aberdare Pupils Attend Special Transition Event

Hundreds of pupils attended the exciting transition days at the state-of-the-art Aberdare Community School – in preparation for their first term at the new building.

Heed Warnings on Cuts to Children’s Services

Labour cuts should not hit vulnerable children

Plaid Cymru has called on the Labour Government to step up support for young people after a series of critical reports about children’s services.

Welsh infants are missing out on free school meals

Kids school mealTo mark National School Meals Week, the Welsh Liberal Democrats have criticised the Welsh Labour Government for refusing to give free school meals to all infants in Wales, despite being given money that would allow it to do so.

Bad start for the Education Workforce Council: Barely half of lecturers know about it, and resentment is growing about 'tax on teaching'

The Education Act of 2014 makes provision for the transformation of the General Teaching Council for Wales (GTCW) into the Education Workforce Council (EWC). All teachers currently registered with the GTCW will be transferred to the EWC.

Remembrance Sunday Road Closures

Temporary road closures in place for a few hours on Remembrance Sunday to allow parades and services to be held

A number of roads across Rhondda Cynon Taf will be closed temporarily on Sunday, November 9, 2014, while Remembrance Sunday services and parades are held.

Redistribution of wealth is our priority

Party of Wales sets out plans to spread prosperity and rebalance the economy

Plaid Cymru has today set out its plans to redistribute wealth across the UK and spread prosperity more equally.

Patient imprisoned for sustained attack on doctor and nurse

VandA_Nicola Lacey_POA woman who launched an unprovoked attack on A&E staff, whilst under the influence of alcohol has been jailed.

Welsh Lib Dems call for Welsh train rolling stock strategy

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have renewed their calls for a national train rolling stock strategy following a weekend marked by train cancellations and overcrowding on the Welsh network.
Speaking in the Assembly, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Transport Minister Eluned Parrott AM said:

No answer from Labour on OECD survey

Labour’s First Minister today failed to commit Wales to taking part in an independent OECD survey of the state of the NHS in all four nations of the United Kingdom.

People aged 65 and over in Wales must protect themselves against flu NOW

People aged 65 or over are being advised to get vaccinated against influenza (‘flu’) early this winter.

The annual Beat Flu immunisation programme is now underway throughout NHS Wales offering free vaccines to individuals most at risk of serious complications from flu.

Pioneering IT Academy Comes To County Borough

A pioneering new initiative has seen Rhondda Cynon Taf become the first local authority in the UK to work in partnership with Microsoft and help secure the IT workforce of the future.

Winter Well Being Grant Funding 2014/2015

The Health Board is inviting applications from Third Sector Organisations for grant funding to Promote Good Health and Wellbeing during the Winter Months (1st December 2014 to 31st March 2015).

Taking A Stand Against Domestic Violence

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is set to be awarded for its commitment to end violence against women in the county borough.

Care homes ‘lack confidence’ in applying Mental Capacity Act, finds review

Review of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards in Wales also finds some adult social care teams have 'very limited' knowledge of safeguards

by Andy McNicoll on November 3, 2014 in Adults, Care Work, Deprivation of liberty, Mental Capacity Act

Wales deserves cancer treatment equity

Communities across Wales should no longer be forced to tolerate a system of cancer treatment that is not on a par with England.

Local Engagement Sessions: Music and Nursery Service Change Proposals

The Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, Councillor Andrew Morgan has today announced the dates for the local engagements events which will take place as part of the consultation process for Music and Nursery Service Change proposals.

Library Users Celebrate Transport Scheme

Disabled people throughout Rhondda Cynon Taf are eligible for free transport to their local library.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and community transport group TraVol offer the service in Abercynon, Tonypandy, Treorchy, Aberdare, Llantrisant and Rhydyfelin.

help children like milo by playing tŷ hafan’s lottery

Milo Drakeley from Ceredigion was referred to Tŷ Hafan, the family hospice for young lives, when he was two years old.

For his parents Claire and Paul, Tŷ Hafan is a lifeline which provides vital emotional support as well as a break from constant sleepless nights.

Plaid pledges end to poverty pay as 1 in 4 earn less than living wage

At the start of Living Wage Week, Plaid Cymru's Hywel Williams MP has reiterated his party's commitment to a genuine Living Wage that would secure a pay rise for more than 250,000 Welsh workers.

REVEALED: Thousands left waiting over 10 years on housing lists

HouseAt least 2,096 people in Wales have been on a housing waiting list for over ten years, figures published by the Welsh Liberal Democrats have revealed.

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

Age Cymru is supporting this year’s National Consumer Week.

The campaign is calling on us all to be on the lookout and step in to protect older and vulnerable people from doorstep criminals.

PACT Meetings Cynon Valley

The next meeting will take place for Aberaman North on the 12 of November at the Gateway Church, Cardiff Road Aberaman.

Topics in Aberaman North may concern

Nant Gwawr (The Brook) flood elevation scheme and highways work on Cardiff Road

St Elvan's Church turned down for Lottery funding

We are really sorry to announce that for the second time our bid for Heritage Lottery Funding has been turned down and the church is in danger of closing.

Have your say on education cuts in RCT

The Council are currently consulting on their latest round of budget cuts. These include cuts to the music service in schools and of course the cuts to nursery education are back on the cards.