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December 2014

Health of a nation - part 2 of our look back at 2014

As we move into 2015 we would like to wish everyone a happy and a healthy new year. Our heath is something many of us take for granted until we encounter problems. Just as we take for granted the hard work put in by the many front line staff who work in our health services.

Heads should roll over ambulance service as response times in RCT hit all time low

The latest ambulance response times statistics for November show that the Welsh Ambulance Service missed its target for attending the most urgent calls yet again for the thirteenth month running.

Lillian Board Memorial Cup

The memory of the ‘Golden Girl of British Athletics’ will live on at the 2014 Nos Galan Road Races.

RCT Council still wasting money - and local press let them get away with it

Despite all the talk of cutbacks and promises form their leader that they would put front line services first the Labour Cabinet is still throwing away YOUR money like confetti.

New 34% discount on Cardiff & Valleys rail fares for Welsh Concessionary Travel pass holders!

From 2nd January 2015, anyone who holds a valid Welsh Government concessionary travel pass can get a fantastic 34% off local fares on the Cardiff and Valleys network, without the need to buy a Rail Card.

Nos Galan Poster Winners Announced

The winning entry created by James Penny, of Gwauncelyn Primary School, Tonteg

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and the Nos Galan Committee are delighted to announce the winners of the 2014 Nos Galan Road Races Poster Competition.

2014 in Rhondda Cynon Taff – part 1

As the year draws to a close we thought it time for a round up of some of the major happenings that have taken place in, and affected, RCT and the people who live here. Far too much has been happening for one article, so here is part 1

Report on Cylch Meithrin Ynyshir a Wattstown

Report on
Cylch Meithrin Ynyshir a Wattstown
This Welsh-medium nursery, which serves the communities of Ynyshir and
Wattstown near Pontypridd in Rhondda Cynon Taf, is situated in Wattstown Park
Bowling Pavilion. It was established in 1983.

Keep your eyes open thieves are braking in and stealing your belongings

Contact: Detective Sergeant Greg Methven at Talbot Green police station on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 101 and quote reference 1400476603.
Detectives in Talbot Green are investigating two burglaries which occurred on Tuesday 23rd December.

A report on Cymmer Infants School

A report on Cymmer Infants School
Graigwen Road Cymmer Porth
Cymmer Infant School serves the village of Porth in the Rhondda Valley. The local
authority is Rhondda Cynon Taf. There are currently 113 pupils on roll. Nearly all

A report on Maesgwyn Special School Aberdare

A report on Maesgwyn Special School Cwmdare Road Aberdare

Step out this festive period, and boost your health

Walking on the Wales Coast Path does more than blow the cobwebs away or provide a great day out – a new report shows that it also actually helps people live longer.

Plaid Cymru’s plans to close the earnings gap

Rhun ap Iorwerth outlines economic vision as pay gap widens

Drop in airport passenger numbers condemned

Commenting on reports of provisional November passenger numbers at Cardiff Airport – which show an 18.5 per cent drop on the previous month - Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Transport, Byron Davies AM, said:

Commissioner praises support for older people in Rhondda Cynon Taf

THE Older People’s Commissioner for Wales has praised work going on across Rhondda Cynon Taf to support older people living in the area.

Foster Carers Take to the Streets

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s dedicated army of foster carers will take to the streets of the county borough in January to encourage more people to consider taking up the “rewarding and challenging” career option.

The most senior female police officer serving with South Wales Police, ACC Nikki Holland is launching a unique appeal

The most senior female police officer serving with South Wales Police, ACC Nikki Holland is launching a unique appeal.
Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Holland said:

Plaid Cymru calls for a ban on zero hours contracts for homecare workers

Plaid Cymru has once again stood up for the rights of homecare workers who face unfair working practices, calling on the Welsh Government to ban zero hour contracts for the sector.