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March 2015

Welsh Lib Dems announce candidates for General Election

As Parliament is dissolved, the Welsh Liberal Democrats are today publishing the full slate of candidates who will be competing in all forty Parliamentary seats in Wales.

Young carers need more support from schools and colleges - ATL

More than half (51%) of teachers, lecturers, support staff and leaders have a young carer* in their school or college, according to a snapshot survey by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL).

Plaid’s Westminster campaign coordinator visits Pontyclun

Big hitter Dafydd Wigley, Plaid Cymru’s Westminster campaign co-ordinator took time out to chat with commuters at Pontyclun station at the official start of the election campaign.

Essential Traffic Works Continue at Fiddlers Elbow

Essential traffic measures continue to be in-force along the A472 Fiddlers Elbow Viaduct.

'Wales is strong when Plaid wins' - Leanne Wood

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood AM will today (Friday) tell party members and activists that

Government issues policy statement on transparency on publicly funded services

The Government has issued a policy statement on the availability and accuracy of information – or ‘transparency’ – on publicly funded services.

Council Tax Bills

As Council Tax bills land on doorsteps across the county borough, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is reminding people they can manage their accounts easily, effectively and securely

ReAct funding available for Children in Wales training courses

Children in Wales is delighted to let you know that we are able to accept Redundancy Action Scheme (ReAct)  funding for our training courses.

4.1% average council tax rise slammed

Welsh Government figures released today confirm an average Band D council tax r

Casting around for better health

Spring is in the air and thoughts naturally turn to the great outdoors and what could be better than spending some time on the banks of a lake or river fishing.

Gas pipe replacement scheme: Mountain Ash

We are set to replace almost two kilometres of gas pipe in Mountain Ash in a £300,000 investment to ma

GP recruitment crisis looming, new figures reveal

Plaid Cymru reiterates need to train and recruit a thousand extra doctors

A fond "Fernhill" Farewell to Paul

A job really was for life, as local man and community champion hangs up his litter picker for the last time this month.

£100,000 Community Fund As Part of RCT Together launch

Council Leader, Councillor Andrew Morgan has today announced the intended introduction of a £100,000 Community Fund to assist community groups that have an interest in ma

Welsh Ambulance Service to ring-fence ambulances for Cwm Taf in six week trial

THE Welsh Ambulance Service will begin a trial of ring-fencing ambulance resources within the Cwm Taf area for a six-week period from 30 March.

MACS Year 7 Netball

On Tuesday the 17th of March, the Year 7 Netball team took part in the Cynon Valley Netball Tournament held at St Johns.

Macmillan says Wales cancer survival rates ‘stuck in the 1990s’

Macmillan Cancer Support has released analysis today that show cancer survival rates in Wales (and the United Kingdom) are at or behind a level that many other European countries had already achieved by the late 1990s1.

Plaid leader blasts Labour's billion pound cut to Wales

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood AM has rounded on the Labour First Mini

Tobacco Display Deadline Looms

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Trading Standards are continuing their work to ensure the retail display of tobacco products is banned in all stores in the county borough by

Scale Welsh Three Peaks for Charity

How do you fancy the exhilarating challenge of tackling Wales’ highest mountains AND raising money for a good cause?

Bring an end to shot-in-the-dark policy making

“Publishing accounts is first step towards mature government”

LGA issues handbook for councillors on taxi and PHV licensing

The Local Government Association has published a handbook for councillors in England and Wales on taxi and private hire vehicle (PHV) licensing.

Hundreds enjoy International Women's Day celebration

Hundreds of women and girls made moves to their local leisure centre this month to enjoy free access and celebrate International Women’s Day.

A Mine of Easter Treats

Looking for somewhere to take the children this Easter?

Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage

The familiar rugby term ‘Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage’ will echo around one of the Council’s theatres this week as the story of Wales and British Lions star Gareth ‘Alfie’ Thomas is brought to life.

Football Success for MACS Boys

The PE department are proud to announce recent success in a local Football tourn

Plaid Budget plans would benefit public finances by £100 billion

Measures to limit income tax relief on pension contributions to the basic rate, and raise the upper earning limit on national insurance contributions woul

New Junior Racketball Launched at Rhondda Fach Sports Centre

Younger residents are being invited to get involved in racketball, which is fast growing in popularity in the UK.

Plaid AM's appeal to look at schemes to keep older people out of hospital

Health chiefs across Wales have been urged to learn lessons to help cut the age of patients admitted to hospital through A&E un

Lessons must be learned from critical Welsh economy report

Welsh Conservatives have called for lessons to be learned from a critical report on the Welsh economy, produced for the Institute of Welsh Affairs.

ICO calls for action to tackle "transparency gap" caused by outsourcing

Action is needed from the Government, public bodies and contractors to address a “ transparency gap” that has emerged as a result of the rise in outsourcing, the Information Commissioner’s Office has said.

Trio Selected for Samoa

Three top young weightlifting talents have been selected to represent Team Wales at the Commonwealth Youth Games in September.

Council Leader Cuts Allowances Further To Deliver Savings

Council Leader Andrew Morgan has announced his intention to further reduce the level of Cabinet Member salaries.

Transformational RCT projects shortlisted for Welsh awards

Two innovative Rhondda Cynon Taf projects are among a number transforming life for communities across South Wales shortlisted in a new national awards scheme.

YFC Members Get Chatty

Members up and down the Country are busy preparing for the Wales YFC Public Speaking Day on Saturday 21st March which will be held at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Showground.

An update from the Delico Deli Coffee shop Aberdare

For all those who want an update on our situation we are fighting to stay here and over

Chancellor 'sharpening the axe' while hiding behind headlines

Plaid Cymru's Treasury spokesperson, Jonathan Edwards MP, has responded to today's Budget by accusing the Chancellor of

Talbot Green Man Prosecuted

A market trader who sold counterfeit designer baseball caps and smoking paraphernalia from his stall in Tonypandy has been prosecuted. 

Measures in place to ease traffic congestion in Pontypridd

Measures have been put in place to aide traffic flow and ease congestion in Pontypridd as works continue to deliver important pedestrian safety measures.

Significant rise in urgent cancer treatment delays

The number of people treated for cancer within the target time, via an ‘urgent’ NHS appointment in Wales, has significantly worsened this year.

Figures published today – for January – show a five per cent drop on December, from 87 to 82 per cent.

Council loses Supreme Court appeal in rights of way battle with trail riders

The Supreme Court has rejected – by a 3-2 majority – a county council’s appeal over whether an application by motorcyclists to upgrade rights of way complied with relevant statutory requirements.

Young Writers at Mountain Ash Comprehensive School

Once again some of our very talented writers have been chosen to have their work

Report a path or access problem

Can’t walk where your map says you should be able to walk?

Wales And Slavery Exhibition

A fascinating, FREE and thought-provoking Everywhere in Chains: Wales and Slavery Exhibition runs at Rhondda

Living wage and rent caps would bring down welfare bill

Ahead of Wednesday's Budget, Plaid Cymru’s social protection spokesperson, Hywel Williams MP, has today put forward radica

Just two weeks left to nominate your social care heroes for Wales Care Awards 2015

If you know someone who goes the extra mile in social care, from catering staff to nurses, managers to new rec

Lifesavers wanted! The Welsh Ambulance Service is recruiting now

THE Welsh Ambulance Service is on a mission to recruit dozens of extra clinicians into its workforce.

A public consultation to shape the future of health and social care research in Wales

Welsh Government are looking for your opinion on names and concepts for an innovative project. The project is about us, the people of Wales, and how we can all work together to make Wales a healthier country.

Welsh Schools Gymnastics Champions Mountain Ash Comprehensive School

Tyler Morgan year 7 represented Mid Glamorgan county in the Welsh Schools Gymnastics Championships Friday 6th March @ WIS. Tyler and

High Sheriffs Youth Community Awards at Mountain Ash Comprehensive School

Gareth Richard’s who works for the YEPs team at school was nominated and successful in winning the ‘High Sheriffs Youth Commun

St John Baptist CiW High School welcomes pupils from Park Lane Special school

St John Baptist CiW High School welcomes pupils from Park Lane Special school, selling their custom made jewellery for Agored

Paralympian Inspires RCT Teenagers

Paralympic gold medallist Josie Pearson MBE is encouraging the young people of Rhondda Cynon Taf to follow their dreams.&nbsp

St John Cymru-Wales calls for lifesaving law

St John Cymru-Wales is calling on the Welsh Government to follow England’s lead and to introduce

Double-O-Senedd labelled a 'missed opportunity'

Welsh Conservatives have questioned a decision by the National Assembly for Wal

The Mayor's Week March 1-7

Rhondda Cynon Taf’s Mayor joined the celebrations for Wales’s saint’s day and met young gardeners from the

More waiting in Labour-run Welsh NHS

Figures published in England and Wales today show Welsh

Care homes win battle with health boards in Wales over funded nursing care

A High Court judge has quashed decisions by the seven local health boards in Wales in 2014 setting the rate for funded nursing care for the following five years, after a legal challenge brought by a group of care ho

Junior Members Prove YFC has a Bright Future

During the Wales YFC Entertainment Feast recently, the Wales YFC Junior Member of the Year Competition, which was kindly sponsored by JCP, was held. Judging the competition was Tegwen Morris, Merched Y Wawr, Lyn Richards, Coleg Sir Gâr and Lowri Fflur Davies, retiring Senior Member of the Year.

New Apps for places to go and stories to hear

Natural Resources Wales are releasing two new Smartphone Apps that help people get out to explore the great outdoors in Wales.

St Johns Reach Midland Schools Rugby 7s Semi Finals

The Year 8 Rugby 7s squad put in a fantastic display which had many Engl

Travel Advice 2015 RBS 6 Nations Wales vs Ireland Match Saturday 14 March 2015

Arriva Trains Wales is advising all rugby fans travelling to Cardiff on Saturday 14 March to attend

NRW Apprentices off to a flying start

A ground-breaking apprenticeship scheme is celebrating the successful qualification of its first batch of apprentices.

Plaid Cymru to force answers on fracking moratorium

Plaid Cymru to amend Planning Bill to seek “straight answer”

Memorial For Famous Writer

A special memorial to an award-winning author, lecturer and television playwright has been unveiled at Pontypridd Library.&nb

Cardiff to host pioneering research into a Type 1 diabetes vaccine

Cardiff  is one of the main UK centres to carry out ground-breaking new research into a Type 1 diabetes vaccine that could be developed “within a generation,” according to scientists.

Abercynon Gymnastics community club link With Mountain Ash Comprehensive School

Our students have been working hard for a number of weeks at school and have now joined Abercynon Gymnastic Club.  They have attended

Aberdare Dare Valley Country Park Future Secured

New arrangements for Dare Valley Country Park catering and hotel accommodation have been confirmed by Rhondda Cynon Taf Counc

Sophie's Big Sing

West End singing star Sophie Evans has made a welcome return to her Rhondda Cynon Taf roots to give pupils at her former prim

Labour must learn lessons from FG Bill fiasco

Plaid warns of Planning Bill repeat performance unless Government gives ground

Have Your Say On Town Centre Safety

Residents, businesses and town centre users are being urged to have their say and help ensure our town centres of Aberdare and Pontypridd remain safe and enjoyable places for a

Westminster parties' economic plans boil down to 'bad' or 'worse'

Plaid Cymru Treasury spokesperson, Jonathan Edwards MP, has accused Labour's Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls of hypocrisy following his attack on Tory spending plans in the next parliament.

New Agreement Gives Commitment to Young Sports Leaders

Wales will have an unprecedented number of young sports leaders after Sport Wales and Sports Leaders UK agreed their first ever Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

NHS 'blunders': Patients deserve to know

Welsh Conservatives today called on the Labour governmen

Salesman prosecuted for duping car purchase couple

A Caerphilly county borough car salesman has been taken to court and fined for an offence under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 20

ICO to enforce the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has recently announced that from April changes

Too many children with diabetes “not getting the care they need”

Despite a steady improvement in the proportion of children with diabetes getting the recom


Macmillan Cancer Support has appointed its first ever Welsh Chief Executive - Lynda Thomas.


‘Make Wales Matter’

Leanne Wood calls on Welsh voters to secure equality for Wales and an end to austerity





Plaid Cymru reveal plans for ring-fenced fund for new drugs and treatments

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood today unveiled ambitious plans to establish a new dedicated multi-million pound drugs and treatment fund that will end the

Plaid prepares for key conference with the UK on course for hung parliament

Plaid Cymru delegates gather for their Spring Conference in Caernarfon tomorrow ahead of a Westminster election which could leave t

Leanne Wood has branded David Cameron as arrogant

Plaid Cymru leader, Leanne Wood has branded David Cameron’s refusal to take part in more than one election debate and his efforts

Dairy industry at 'dangerous crisis point'

Following yesterday’s announcement of First Milk&r

Three more councils to be monitored over delays in responding to FOI requests

Cumbria County Council, Nottingham City Council and Salford City Council have become the latest local authorities to be monitored by the Information Commissioner’s Office amid concerns over the timeliness of their respo

Suspended sentence for ice cream seller

An ice cream seller has been taken to court following a Caerphilly County Borough Council investigation into him trading without the correct permissions a

Olympian in race to Europeans

Weightlifting Olympian Gareth Evans will compete in Cardiff on Sunday in a bid to reach the European Weightlifting Championships. 

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Congratulations to our students of 

Mountain Ash Comprehensive School travelled to Krakow

25 pupils and 3 members of staff from Mountain Ash Comprehensive School

Elfyn Llwyd secures Commons debate to push for Victims' Rights Bill

Plaid Cymru Parliamentary leader Elfyn Llwyd MP has secured a Commons debate to present a Ten Minute Rule Bill that would enshr

A report on Cylch Meithrin Efail Isaf

Cylch Meithrin Efail Isaf is a Welsh-medium playgroup that has served the local area of Efail Isaf in Rhondda Cynon Taf since 2007.

£2.35m Injection to Drive Welsh Sport Numbers

Girl Guiding Cymru and Brecon Beacons National Park are among ten projects to secure £2.35m from Sport Wales to boost sports participation in Wales.

Plans for zebra-controlled pedestrian crossing Mountain Ash

Residents are being urged to have their say on an important pedestrian safety scheme being proposed for Mountain Ash by Rhond

Recycling Competition Winner Announced

Winning school collects the weight of 10 average 8 year old pupils (10 x 4.2 stone) in cards to scoop top prize in this year&

The not so smart way to North America

On the day a major airline again uses Welsh press to adv

Survey – Bawso FGM Booklet for Families

BAWSO, the support charity in Wales for people with black and ethnic minority backgrounds, are running a survey about their booklet on Female Genital Mutilation.

Under 15 Five Nations Championships - Squash

Congratulations to Keiran from St John Baptist High School who  has been selected to represent Wales in the Under 15 Five Nations Championships in March 2015 in Edinburgh.

The selection panel recognises his skill and desire to play squash for Wales.

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service continues to Drive down deliberate fires

Over the past 10 years, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service (SWFRS) have reduced deliberate fires attended of 64%.

Guidance issued on PQQs now Public Contracts Regulations 2015 in force

The Government has published guidance on pre-qualification questionnaires (PQQs) after the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 came into force last week.