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August 2017

St John A Level Results 2017

Students at St John Baptist Church in Wales High School have attained  excellent ‘A’ level results again this year. Students have worked extremely hard and have achieved great success.
The following pupils have achieved top  A*/A grades:

Llantrisant Community Route - site clearance

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council will undertake site clearance works on a section of the Llantrisant Community Route at Talbot Green.

Franchise Row: First Minister urged to put party interest aside

The First Minister has been urged to adopt a more constructive approach to his administration’s relationship with the UK Go

Hard work finally bear fruit in the home of a rare orchid

After years of cooperation between Bridgend County Borough Council Bridgend, Plantlife and Natural Wealth Wales (CNC), the fen orchid is beginning to recover its land in a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) Kenfig.

Equalities and Human Rights when leaving the European Union

The Equalities and Human Rights Coalition (EHRCo) has prepared a paper focusing on the implications of leaving the European Union for equalities and human rights in Wales.

Hard Work Pays off at the last of a rare orchid Welsh home

The rare Fen Orchid lower Starting to strengthen-its Presence Special Area of ​​Conservation at Kenfig (QTS) After years of partnership gwaith Between Bridgend County Borough Council (BCBC), Plantlife and Natural Resources Wales (NRW).


So what will the city deal doing for Mountain Ash?

Following on from the derelict site next to the statue of Guto Nyth Brân where the leader of the council Andrew Morgan said, “Council has offered twice to buy the land in the last 2 years.

Section 106 pricing developers out of market, research warns

Costly Section 106 agreements are pricing some developers out of the market, acc

Young People’s Question Time

Young Wales is delighted to announce that a Young People’s Question Time event will take place on Tuesday 24th October 2017.  This event, which will t

Caplor Energy opens office in Merthyr Tydfil to keep up with demand in renewable energy

It’s been a busy time for Caplor Energy, who have recently taken on a new sales consultant to develop a Welsh office based in Merthyr Tydfil.

Why are council taxpayers funding this part of the scheme at Mountain Ash

Contractors working for Rhondda Cynon Taf Council are working on a road junction to Cardiff Road Mountain Ash.


2 of many Print all In new window Job vacancies with Actif Woods Wales

Thanks to Coed Lleol's success with the Active Inclusion grant three opportunities have arisen for paid roles within the Actif Woods Wales project and two of these are based in Sou


Rhondda Cynon Taf Theatres play host to an exciting season of events this autumn.   The Coliseum Theatre Aberdare and The Park & Dare Theatre Treorchy have a jam-packed season of music, drama, comedy and family events.  From slapstick to stand–up, headline names to heart-stopping performances

Abacare says care workers are valued

FOLLOWING the launch of a new book giving an insight into experiences of homecare workers a Welsh care provider has said its carers are extremely valued in their profession because of the work they do (August, 2017).


Care Cymru offers a variety of care and support services

Care Cymru offers a variety of care and support services, which can be delivered just for few hours a day or up to 24 hours 7 days a week. Our care and support is person centred with the user at the heart of the service.


Cynon Valley needs improved highway infrastructure yes or no?

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council have appointed the contractors Walters Group and Sisk Group, to construct the Mountain Ash Southern Cross-Valley Link a project of the Labour run council since 21st November 1994 when Southern Cross Valley Link-Stage 1 was first advertised in the

Abacare encourages people to take part in brain stimulating activities

AN AWARD-WINNING care provider in Wales says it encourages its service users to engage in activities such as learning an instrument or gardening after a report revealed these are the best ways to stimulate the brain (August, 2017).


ICO warns NHS employees that unlawfully accessing patient records is an offence

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has reminded NHS staff about the potentially serious consequences of prying into patients’ medical records without a valid reason.                   

CONFIRMED: Severn Bridge Tolls to be scrapped by the end of 2018

The Severn bridge Tolls will revert to public ownership in January, paving the way for tolls to be scrapped by the end of the 2018.







GDPR – sorting the fact from the fiction

The General Data Protection Regulation comes into force on 25 May 2018.

Welcome to the summer issue of Social Care Wales’s e-bulletin!

This issue we’re seeking your views about three consultations on different aspects of our work. We also have updates about the social care Accolades, which are back for 2018; the registration of domiciliary care workers; and our new and refreshed resources.

PUBLIC NOTICE: Enviroparks (Wales) Limited Hirwaun

The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Wales) Regulations 2016

Regulation 22: Notice of further information and evidence in respect of environmental statements


Summer of Skills Aberdare Scouts

Dear Editor,

This time last year I was in Rio winning my second Olympic Gold medal. This year I’m taking on a new challenge, I’m volunteering with The Scout Association as a Scout Ambassador.


Contractors announced for Mountain Ash Cross Valley Link

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is delighted to announce the main contractors for its flagship Mountain Ash Cross Valley Link scheme – a major landmark for the multi-million pound project which will be delivered by 2020.

Who would you call?

Fire and Rescue Services in Wales have launched a new wate

Free Welsh for Adults call as enrolment numbers fall by a quarter

The number of adults enrolling on to university and college courses to learn Welsh has fallen by nearly a quarter (23%) since 2012.

Government Hub in Cardiff could bring regular regional cabinet meetings a step closer

Today’s announcement of Government Hub in Cardiff could bring regular, regional cabinet meetings a step closer, according t

Are our public services deteriorating in Cynon Valley?

Proposal for Rhondda Cynon Taf Council to endorse a planning application for 500 houses on land of the former Phurnacite Works in Abercwmboi, this will unsurprisingly increase the population of Abercwmboi quite substantially.


Rhondda Cynon Taf Council awareness events for new dog fouling rules

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has agreed to introduce harder-hitting rules to tackle the problem of

Ombudsman slams health board for three-year delay in response to complaint

The Public Services Ombudsman has told a health board in Wales to provide a complainant with the expert clinical and legal advice to which he was entitled, after it took more than three years to provide a final response to th

Aberdare Town gear up towards their second season in the second tier of the Welsh Football League

Aberdare Town have had a busy summer on and off the pitch as they gear up towards their second season in the second tier of the Welsh Football League.

Theatr Brycheiniog’s Summer Family Festival headlined by South African hip hop sensations Dream Team

Theatr Brycheiniog present a fun filled family festival on 12 – 13 August with an outdoor stage, workshops and main stage performances, including a performance from the South African super band Dream Team.  Their stage-show will launch a season of South African activities in Brecon and Wales, cul

The Zulu’s are coming: 100 Zulu’s set to take over Brecon this August.

Brecon will witness a spectacle never before seen on it’s streets this August as over 100 Zulus take over the town with parades, displays and spectacular performances.   Including a hip-hop and traditional dance stage show, a full scale Zulu musical, a royal choir, a series of talks and a battle

Successful prosecutions after more fly tipping offences

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has re-iterated its zero-tolerance approach to fly tipping offences after two more residents were prosecuted – and ordered to pay a combined total of more than £840.

Abacare extends deadline for care awards nominations

ELDERLY and vulnerable people across Wales who are cared for at home can this month (August, 2017) continue to nominate their favourite carer for an award in recognition of the work they do.


Pinewood House Stores opens in Treorchy

Patients at Pinewood House are developing their sk

90 council-owned buildings fail new fire safety test

Nearly 100 buildings owned or managed by councils and housing associations have

Welsh taxpayers spending millions a year subsidising Trade Union activities

Freedom of Information requests by the Welsh Conservatives have uncovered the shocking extent of taxpayer subsidies for Trade Union activities in the Welsh public sector.

‘Call it a day’ free resource

This summer Shelter Cymru produced a short film titled ‘Call it a day.’

Footballers seek judicial review over loss of indoor 5-a-side pitches

Amateur footballers have issued a threat of judicial review against the London Borough of Islington over its plan to relocate indoor pitches at the Sobell leisure centre and replace them with trampolines.

Monk Street public conveniences re-open after refurbishment

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has completed the refurbishment of the Monk Street public conveniences

Information Commissioner urges proactive publication of fire safety records

The Information Commissioner has urged public organisations holding relevant fire risk assessments and other fire safety information to consider publishing these records proactively, “unless there is a good reason not to”.

Welsh Councils win Supreme Court appeal over funding of nurses in social care

Welsh local authorities have won a Supreme Court dispute with NHS bodies over responsibility for paying for the work done by registered nurses in social rather than health care settings.

Public Health Wales encourages parents to think again about breastfeeding

As the world celebrates Breastfeeding Week this week, Public Health Wales has revealed that only around half of parents (51 per cent) in Wales say that they were definitely going to breastfeed their baby when they were pregnant.

PACT Meeting today to concerning dogs to be kept on leads in Aberdare Park

Aberdare West PACT Meeting

August 2, 2017 5:45 pm at St Fagans Community Hall, Windsor Street, Trecynon.


We were informed that a discussion concerning dogs to be kept on leads in Aberdare Park would take place at the PACT meeting Aberdare West this Wednesday.


Health board demonstrated “reckless apathy” to complainants, says Angela Burns AM

The public services ombudsman has criticised Cwm Taf health board for taking more than three years to handle a complaint.