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February 2015

RCT Raises The Rainbow Flag

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has proudly raised the Rainbow Flag for LGBT History Month, as part of its wider commitment to support its staff and communities with diversity issues

St David's Day Celebration in RCT

Sir Tom Jones and his green, green grass of home, stunning landscapes, male voice choirs, outstanding rugby talent, the Valle

Minister launches Carers Week in Wales

Minister for Health and Social Services joins appeal to support those caring for loved ones

Plaid Cymru backs greater supporter involvement in football clubs

Plaid Cymru is backing demands by Supporters Direct for fans to have places on football club boards.

Mountain Ash Jobs Fayre

People are invited to attend a jobs fayre in Mountain Ash tomorrow (February 27).

Plaid leader slams refusal to allow votes for 16-year-olds at 2016 Assembly elections

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood AM today condemned the refusal by the UK Government to allow the National Assembly the power to redu

Hywel Williams MP calls for tourism VAT cut

Hywel Williams MP calls for tourism VAT cut to give an economic boost of £166m fo

Labour must act on poor NHS waiting times

The Welsh Labour Government was today urged to act on pe

Survey for providers of mobile services

Working on Wheels, the national charity supporting mobile community work, has produced a survey about the provision of services via vehicles.


The Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales Police, Alun Michael, has responded today to calls for a national review into the u

ATL: Donaldson Report is excellent start to the conversation - curriculum reform must take time

Commenting on Professor Donaldson's Report on the curriculum entitled 'Successful Futures', Dr. Philip Dixon, Director of ATL Cymru, said: 'Professor Donaldson's Report is very thorough and very thought provoking.


Clubs up and down the Country are taking over their community halls and theatres and transforming them into enchanted castles, woodland forests and somewhere over the rainbow as they prepare for their County Pantomime Competition.

Wales YFC Declaration of Support

Wales YFC is calling on members of the public to declare their support for the organisation, following the recent news that two of its main funding sources have been cut.

Statement on January 2015's performance figures

Tracy Myhill, Interim Chief Executive at the Welsh Ambulance Service, said: “January was a very challenging month for us, but we’ve seen a 5.9% improvemen

Penaluna’s Famous Fish and Chips in High Street, Hirwaun had a visit from the Mayor

Rhondda Cynon Taf’s Mayor learnt about the wonderful work done by Mencap volunteers and met staff at an award-winning l

'St David's Day should be a public holiday'

Some 15 years have passed since Assembly Members voted in favour of establishing a public holiday on March 1, and nine years since an opinion

Closing Date For Race Sponsorship

Did you take part in the 2014 Nos Galan Road Races, raising money for the Rhondda Cynon Taf Mayor’s Appeal? 

New Bill will give regulation a key role in improving care in Wales

The new Regulation and Inspection Bill will provide an opportunity to use regulatory powers in a positive way t

Plaid concern over ambulance cuts being filled by overstretched police

The extent to which officers of South Wales Police have had to take patients to hospitals, rather than

'Connor Davies Signs for Cardiff City'

Connor Davies has put pen to paper with Cardiff City Football Club.

£21m bill for management consultants in Welsh NHS revealed

The NHS in Wales has racked up more than £21m in payments for management consultancy services during the last four years, Plaid Cymru has learnt.

Thousands Enjoy Family Fun Days

Thousands of children and their families had a half term to remember – thanks to Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Family Information Service.  

Elfyn Llwyd seeks to strengthen laws against child cruelty

Plaid Cymru Parliamentary leader, Elfyn Llwyd MP, will today (Monday) seek to strengthen the law against child cruelty as the Seriou

tŷ hafan’s rainbow run is back!

Tŷ Hafan will once again be bringing Wales’ most colourful 5K Rainbow Run to Porthcawl to support its

Paediatric Audiology services in Cwm Taf among the best in Wales

Cwm Taf University Health Board are among the best in Wales for the provision of

Cardiff City Partnership Open Evening

Aberdare Community School “Cardiff City Partnership Open Evening” is tomorrow starting at 5pm

Organisations Who received funding from Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC

AberdareOnline requested under the freedom of information Act a full Itemised list of grants to the voluntary community and social enterprise sector below is what we received for 2012/13


Plaid pushes for greater equality between UK nations with Council of Ministers

 Plaid Cymru's Jonathan Edwards MP has today advocated a new Council of Ministers for the UK that would comprise all the nations to act

Help to Buy homeowners banned from DIY

Home improvements ‘not permitted’ on Help to Buy properties

Chief Executive Set To Retire in 2015

The Chief Executive of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has announced his intention to retire.

Mayor Enjoys Best of RCT!

The very best of RCT was celebrated by Mayor Cllr John Watts this week, as he enjoyed show-stopping cultural performances in

Trevithick Day Celebrations

A Blue Plaque is to be unveiled in the village of Abercynon tomorrow (Saturday, February 21) to celebrate the life of famous

Calling all Young Adult Carers!

Are you a Young Adult Carer (YAC) aged 14 – 25 living in Wales? Do you want an opportunity to ‘HAVE YOUR SAY’ about what YACs in Wales need in order to make life better/easier?

Have Your Say On Races

The 2014 Nos Galan Road Races had the largest field of runners in its 56-year history on New Year’s Eve - and organiser

Residential child care worker survey

The Care Council has commissioned a survey to help understand more about what it means to work as a residential

Weekend warning for high tides

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is asking people to take extra care near the coast this weekend as seasonal high tides could cause dangerous conditions.

Fatal Collision Glan Road Aberdare

South Wales Police is appealing for information following a fatal road traffic collisio

tŷ hafan’s rainbow run is back!

Tŷ Hafan will once again be bringing Wales’ most colourful 5K Rainbow Run to Porthcawl to support its

Public meeting on fracking in Llantrisant tonight

Pontypridd Westminster candidate Osian Lewis is inviting members of the public to a talk about fracking in Llantrisant tonight.

USW shortlisted for prestigious student film festival

The University of South Wales was the only non-US university shortlisted for the prestigious 

3,000 Welsh patients wait 12+ hours in A&E

One in five patients at Welsh Accident & Emergency d

Do you work in Residential Childcare? CCW wants your views for its short survey

The Care Council for Wales has commissioned a survey to help it understand more about what it means to you to

Charities urge people in RCT to get a free health check

As part of a pioneering new partnership between leading health charities and Tesco people in Rhondda Cynon Taf are being encouraged to have a free health check at Tesco pharmacies in Talbot Green and Pontypridd.

Leanne Wood pays tribute to historian and academic, John Davies

Plaid Cymru Leader, Leanne Wood AM, has paid tribute to historian John Davies who passed away today.

A Mine of Information

With more than 80 years experience of working underground, the new team of tour guides at Rhondda Heritage Park know what the

Plaid Cymru responds to Labour Leader’s conference speech

Responding to the conference speech of Labour Party leader, Ed Miliband, a Plaid Cymru spokesperson said:

Aberdare pharmacies are joining national campaign to help Welsh public lower their risk of stroke

A national community pharmacy public health campaign by all 714 community pharmacies across Wales is a key part of a campaign to show the Welsh public how they can control their own risk factors of getting a stroke.

NRW investigates Crickhowell oil spill

Officers from Natural Resources Wales (NRW) are investigating after oil has polluted approximately 850 metres of river in Crickhowell, Powys.


Early signs of spring

It’s been a cold winter but there are signs that spring is just around the corner and the half term holiday is the perfect time to enjoy Wales’ great outdoors.


SWFRS encouraging more women to take on firefighting roles

Fire and Rescue Service working to change attitudes of ‘traditional’ male role

Council Run Music Service Retained

The Council’s Cabinet has rejected proposals to withdraw the Council funded music service and voted to retain this much

Half Term Fun For Everyone

Get set for an action-packed, fun-filled half term in Rhondda Cynon Taf next week, with loads of things for you to see, do an

Plaid unveils seven pledges for the Welsh language

Plaid Cymru has published seven pledges for the Welsh language which the party would implement in the National Assembly if it gained

Miliband class size fiasco

Ed Miliband today said the next Labour Government would

Rhondda Cynon Taf Nursery Provision

At their meeting today, the Council’s Cabinet have agreed proposals to reduce the funding made available for nursery pr

The Cinnamon Trust Volunteer Appeal Aberdare

The Cinnamon Trust is the national charity for the elderly and terminally ill and their pets.  We seek to keep owner and pet together for as long as possible with the help of a national network of volunteers who assist when day to day care poses a problem.

NRW investigates Crickhowell oil spill

Officers from Natural Resources Wales (NRW) are investigating after oil has polluted approximately 850 metres of river in Crickhowell, Powys.

Medical school quotas will strengthen the NHS

Figures reveal that Wales lags behind in home-grown doctor levels

RCTC need to Think Green this Valentine's

Roses are red, violets are blue - remember to recycle, when you’re through!

Appointment of next Chief Inspector announced

We are very pleased to announce that Meilyr Rowlands HMI will be the next Chief Inspector of Es

Car smoke ban critical for child health

Commenting on the announcement from the Welsh Labour Government that it will seek to introduce a ban on smoking in a car while children are present to coincide with the ban’s introduction in England on 1st October 2015, Darren Millar AM, Shadow Minister for Health, said:

Community pharmacies at forefront of helping Welsh public to lower their risk of stroke in national campaign

A national community pharmacy public health campaign by all 714 community pharmacies across Wales is a key part of a campaign to show the Welsh public how they can control their own risk factors of getting a stroke.

Court rules on power to decline to determine retrospective planning applications

The High Court has issued a ruling that clarifies the scope of a local authority’s power to decline to determine a retrospective planning application when an enforcement notice is in place.

Aberdare Family Share Their Change 4 Life Sugar Swaps Progress

With the recent launch of the Welsh Government’s Change 4 Life Sugar Swaps campaign, families across Wales are giving sugar the brush-off and signing up to a healthier new lifestyle.

Memorial For Famous Writer

A special memorial to an award-winning author, lecturer and television playwright is to be unveiled at Pontypridd Library this week. 

Plaid blasts Labour-Tory 'lost billions' tax evasion legacy

Plaid Cymru Treasury spokesperson, Jonathan Edwards MP, will today (Wednesday) use an opposition day debate in the House of Com

Further investment in iconic theatre

The Park and Dare Theatre in Treorchy will benefit from Council investment this spring as essential electrical wiring work is


South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael is asking the public, statutory

Half of officers and members see scrutiny as not challenging enough: report

Nearly half (43%) of senior council officers and members feel scrutiny committees are not challenging enough about the way councils operate, a survey by Grant Thornton UK has suggested.

Plans for exciting new leisure passport announced

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has announced plans for an exciting new Leisure for Life membership scheme to ensure residents of all ages and interests can enjoy unlimited access to

Mayor's support for heroic veterans

Rhondda Cynon Taf Mayor Cllr John Watts is seeing for himself the very real difference his charity supporters are making to t

Right to Buy sales dwindling under Labour

Fewer people in Wales have bought their council property

Alcohol-fuelled flueless fireplaces - putting style before safety?

Most people are aware of the recent innovation and advance in the popularity of Fireplaces which have the convenience of needing no chimney, yet look styl

Don't just talk about it do something about it MP Ann Clwyd record in House of Commons

Poor working class people have voted for a Labour MP in Cynon Valley for over 90 years and they are still poor is it about time someone else had a go?

Cwmbach Family Takes up the Change 4 Life Sugar Swaps Challenge

With the launch of the Welsh Government’s Change 4 Life Sugar Swaps campaign, families across Wales are being urged to give sugar the brush-off and sign up to a healthier new lifestyle.

UK River Prize & Nigel Holmes Trophy

Following on from the success of the River Wensum at last year’s England River Prize, the award returns. This year’s search will be bigger and better with the addition of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Penygraig Pupils Create Video Games For the World

Brilliant Tai Education Centre PRU pupils have become the first in the UK to create the video games of the future – tha

‘People Before WMDs’, Plaid Cymru’s Leanne Wood Tells Andrew Marr show

Party of Wales Leader Leanne Wood has said that financial parity with Scotland and putting people before weapons of mass destruction are two of her priori

Exciting Brunel Exhibition Opens

An exciting new FREE exhibition has opened at the Rhondda Heritage Park based on the amazing works of Isamba


South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael has backed a Police Federation

Police appeal following indecent exposure in Mountain Ash

Police in Mountain Ash are appealing for information following an indecent incident.

Queen Street Assault: Appeal for information

South Wales Police is appealing for information following an assault upon a 37 year old man from Ynysybwl which happened shortly after 3.35

RCT Edges Towards Top 100 UK Employers For Diversity Work

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is edging its way towards a spot in the top 100 Stonewall Diversity employers in the UK, leaping a

FUW Glamorgan to host young entrants scheme and succession information evening

The Glamorgan branch of the Farmers’ Union of Wales is taking the lead on succession planning with an op

Dissatisfied With Your MP? Then do something about it

Dissatisfied With Your MP For Not Speaking Out On Local Issues

Labour Council Cutting Your Services

Mountain Ash Comprehencive School Recent Sporting Success

This term has been a very successful one so far for the MACS PE department.

CUSU Shadowing Scheme

On 22nd January, I travelled to Cambridge University to experience the l

Young people must seize chance to shake up democracy

Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood AM has today used National Voter Registration Day to urge the next generation to make their

Mark Drakeford: Child sex abuse inquiry should include Welsh representatives

Wales’ Health and Social Services Minister, Mark Drakeford, has called on the UK Government to ensure Wa

At least 550 more foster carers needed in Wales, says charity

New figures released by charity The Fostering Network show that many more foster families are needed to provide stable homes for looked after children.

Important Changes to Practice Guidance for Social Care Managers

The Care Council is inviting social care managers to comment on proposed changed to The Social Care Manager: Pr

Register To Vote

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is encouraging its eligible residents who have not yet registered to vote, to take advantage of Nat

Free workshops for carers

Those who care for a loved-one in Rhondda Cynon Taf are being reminded of a new range of courses  being offered to them by the Council’s Parent and Carers’ Sup

St John joins Six Nations campaign

ST JOHN volunteers are joining agencies across Rhondda Cynon Taff and Merthyr Tydfil to support a camp

Love Where You Live 2015

Are you an avid recycler? Do you champion the green fight across Rhondda Cynon Taf?

Time To Talk Day

Just weeks after officially signing the Time to Change pledge to end the stigma that all too often surrounds mental health, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is urging people to take f

Senedd debate: Freeze Council Tax

Welsh Conservatives are today leading a Senedd deba

Welsh Ambulance Service prepares for Six Nations opener

THE Welsh Ambulance Service is prepared for one of the busiest days in the sporting calendar with the RBS Six Nations poised for kick off this Friday evening.


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English votes for English laws demands separate Welsh legal system

Plaid Cymru Parliamentary Leader, Elfyn Llwyd MP, has today (Tuesday) argued that the UK Government&

Houses Into Homes Scheme Launched in Aberdare

A flagship Rhondda Cynon Taf Council project to transform an empty landmark building into homes and a successful business was

Save On Your Energy Bills

Rhondda Cynon Taf residents are being invited to take advantage of a Council-backed energy scheme that has already saved 1,500 people an average of £185 a year on their b

Thousands of struggling small businesses would be helped under Plaid Cymru plans

More than 3,000 small businesses in Wales that fell into debt over their business rates would be taken out of paying non-domestic rates altogether  

Successful Open Day for Cynon Valley Museum and Gallery

More than 150 people enjoyed an open day at the Cynon Valley Museum and Gallery, showcasing the attractions at the venue, whi

National music therapy exhibition comes to USW

The University will host an exciting public lecture in March, as part of a national music therapy exhibition w

Labour’s Welsh education scandal

Welsh Conservatives today slammed Labour’s scandal

High cost of Court of Protection cases “a matter of serious concern”: report

The high cost of welfare cases in the Court of Protection is “a matter of serious concern” and – alongside the lengthy duration of such proceedings – requires urgent investigation, researchers at Cardi

Be a defib hero – fight for a life!

How would you feel if you saw someone go into cardiac arrest, you try your best to help but the patient passes away, then at a later date you find out that there was a defibrillator at a nearby location that could

Dark Valleys & Seven14: Beginnings

Through the use of motion sensing technology the men, women and children of the Dark Valley are brought to life to share some of their secrets with you, whether you want to hear them or not......

Youngsters honoured at Youth Awards

St John Cymru-Wales honoured its youngsters at its annual Youth Awards on February 1.

Make the private rented sector work for Wales

Plaid Cymru urges action to make rents affordable and drive up standards

Enjoy a host of events in aid of Mayor's Appeal

A host of exciting events - including an Elvis Night and a Golf Tournament - have been lined up to raise awareness and funds

Labour cuts 'will hit young farmers hard'

Welsh Conservatives have joined calls for a ‘comprehensive rethink’ of Labour government cuts to Wales’ Young Farmers’ Clubs. A significant Welsh Government-backed grant will no longer be available to the Wales Federation.

£1.1m funding secured for Llantrisant's historic Guildhall

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Leader has welcomed the news that Llantrisant’s historic Guildhall is to be transformed into a state-of-the-art Visitors’ Centre,

ASBO for Rhydyfelin Teen

A Rhydyfelin teenager has been placed on a new ASBO just over a year after his last one expired, in a bid to create boundaries for him and keep him on the right track.

Jump in Welsh Government's overseas office costs

New York's Chrysler building, above, was once home to a Welsh Government office. It has now moved to the city's British embassy. New figures obtained by Welsh Conservatives reveal the full cost of the Labour government’s overseas offices, which show a recent jump in expenditure.

Young Wales Update

Welcome to the February update for Young Wales, the new project that will ensure that children and young people are heard on issues that are important to them and affect them, and that their voices impact

Time for change don’t waste your vote in Cynon Valley in May

Phurnacite plant, producing smokeless fuel, supplies areas such as London and the north of England with this very fine coal by-product.