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January 2018

FRIEND REQUEST – thousands turn to social media during cancer

  • More than 40,000 people[i] with cancer in Wales are turning to social media during cancer treatment and recovery, according to a new study.

Call For A Public Meeting On The Future Of Aberdare Town!

The future for Aberdare looks bleak. Shops closing, mainstream services leaving and more and more boards on windows. This is not what we’d expect from a town once known as the “Queen of the Valleys”.

At Last Council tackles illegal parking at Aberdare Cenotaph

After years of complaining to Rhondda Cynon Taf Council by local residents providing photographic evidence, the council has at last done something about illegal parking on Aberdare Cenotaph

RCTC press release below 

Andrew RT Davies calls on First Minister Jones to hand all private emails over to investigators

The First Minister is today facing calls to give investigators looking into the circumstances surrounding Carl Sargeant’s dismissal access to his private emails.

Now You See Him, Now You Don't

Although motorcyclists represent just 0.7% of road traffic in Wales, they account for 23% of killed or seriously injured road casualties.

Social Care Wales Response to Transforming Care consultation published

 Social Care Wales today published our response to our consultation on Transforming Care in the 21st Century, which ran for 12 weeks between 24 July and 16 October 2017. 

Wales failure to deliver on transgender clinic?

A lack of progress on a promised specialist clinic in Wales for transgender people is unacceptable, GP leaders have said.

Roadkill and the Law

Thousands of animals fall victim to Britain’s roads each year, with almost 4,000 found by local authorities in 2016 and 2017 alone, according to new research.

Gardening on prescription will boost well-being in Rhondda

Patients in Rhondda may be offered gardening on prescription to help to improve their wellbeing.

Rachel Bennett, a GP at Forest View practice in Treorchy, came up with the idea of Grow Rhondda, a therapeutic gardening group.

Women Writers Lead the Way in New Writing from Wales

Literature Wales has today announced its investment in new writing with a record number of first-time applicants among its female-led list of 2018 Writers’ Bursaries and Mentoring Scheme recipients.

Cabinet agree operational changes to Community Meals Service

Just in case you forgot Labours empty promise back in 2012 


A470 clean-up operation from Taff's Well to Abercynon

The Council has started its latest two-week operation to clean the verges and hard shoulders along the

Pay a DVLA Fine Online

DVLA has just made some new additions to their Pay a DVLA fine service. The service, launched in 2016 allows customers to pay vehicle-related fines online.

Check Insurance at the Roadside

The free askMID mobile phone service launched by the Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB) today will help millions of accident victims a year to check vehicle insurance details at the roadside.

Future of Thoracics surgery in South Wales

In recent months the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee (WHSSC) has worked with a range of individuals and organisations, including Health Boards, to review the provision of thoracic surgery in South Wales.

Is the new Public Spaces Protection Order on dog fouling working in Rhondda Cynon Taf?

Rhondda Cynon Taf Councils new dog-fouling rules come into force from October 1st, 2017

Rhondda Cynon Taf Councils new Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO), came into force on October 1st, 2017, the PSPO said that:

Statement on Pen Llew Court, Trecynon

Cynon Taf Community Housing Group has had to take the decision to change the use of one of its Sheltered Housing schemes in Aberdare.Pen Llew Court was built in the 1970s and despite the investment of over £2m, almost half of the flats are empty and there is little interest in people coming forwa

Old wounds re-opened on council mergers

There are fresh concerns over ‘forced council mergers’ after comments over the weekend by Local Government Secretary – Alun Davies.

St John say help Paint Wales Red campaign

Velindre is the biggest cancer hospital in Wales and we, as a school, have decided to support their 'Paint Wales Red' campaign on Friday 2nd February.

Creativity and Time to Dream

‘Creativity and Time to Dream’
Lauren Child, creator of hit children’s series Charlie and Lola,
visits Cardiff to meet fellow Laureates

Calls for First Minister Jones to publish Permanent Secretary’s leak inquiry report

The Welsh Government has refused to publish an inquiry report that found there had been no prior “unauthorised disclosure by Welsh Government” of details pertaining to the Cabinet reshuffle in which Carl Sargeant was sacked.

Forty-six doctors raise safety concerns and written to the first minister Jones

Emergency medicine consultants from across Wales have written to the first minister to warn that safety is being compromised in their departments.

New rules on Council TAX Rhondda Cynon Taf

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to Part 1 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 (as amended) and the Council Tax (Prescribed Classes of Dwellings) (Wales) Regulations 1998 (as amended) (the ‘Regulations’).


Why a defibrillator in your local Pharmacy can help save more lives in communities all around Wales

Cardiac arrest can prove fatal within minutes without timely intervention. If a defibrillator is used and effective CPR is performed within 3-5 minutes of a cardiac arrest, survival chances increase from 6% to over 50%.

Judges dismiss claim of systemic failings over council tax arrears imprisonment

judges have rejected a claim that systemic failings in magistrates’ courts lead to high rates of unlawful imprisonment for council tax arrears.

BMA backs GPs on legal action over Capita support services

The British Medical Association (BMA) has said it will support GPs who take legal action to rectify underpayments and errors resulting from Capita’s primary care support services.



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Flu remains at high levels

Confirmed cases of influenza (flu) in Wales have increased again this week, and remain at high levels. There have been further outbreaks of flu in hospitals and care homes. Flu cases are at the highest levels seen since 2010/11.

Glanaman Road Flood Alleviation Scheme underway

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has started work on a Flood Alleviation Scheme at Glanaman Road in Cwmaman, following a total investment of £100,000.

Diabetes UK Cymru calls for Wales’ healthcare professionals to join innovative programme

Diabetes UK Cymru is looking for healthcare professionals to help transform care for people living with diabetes across Wales.

Stroke survivors in Wales: Protect yourself from influenza this winter

Public Health Wales is reminding stroke survivors to get protected against flu with a free NHS vaccination if they haven’t had one yet this winter.

RCTC claim more than 100 fines of £100 issued to irresponsible dog owners

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has now issued more than 100 fines of £100 to irresponsible dog owners across the County Borough.

Auditor General for Wales Value for Money Study on the Well-being of Young People

The Wales Audit Office is conducting a study on behalf of the Auditor General for Wales on the well-being of young people. Our work will look at the Welsh Government’s strategic planning of services for young people aged 16-25.

Preferred candidate for Auditor General announced

 The announcement that Adrian Crompton has been chosen as the preferred candidate to become the new Auditor General for Wales.

Local charity benefits from environmental investigation

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has used an alternate approach to dealing with a company that polluted the River Taff in May and September of 2016.

Young drivers at greater risk of being involved in a serious or fatal collision

Approximately 30 young drivers are killed every year on the roads across Wales, from research carried out by Welsh Government, young drivers are more likely to be involved in a serious or fatal accident than any other road user group.

Consultation on PSPO to tackle alcohol-related anti-social behaviour

A public consultation has now begun over the proposed introduction of a new Public Spaces Protec

New proposals to further boost recycling in Rhondda Cynon Taf

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council will consider new proposals in a bid to further boost recycling rates,

Proposed reconfiguration changes to Community Meals Service

Cabinet Members will next week consider proposed changes to improve the production of

Advice regarding the social media app Sarahah

Following advice from RCT Council, Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun would


Application No: 17/1365/01


Applicant: Jonsigns Ltd


1 no. fascia sign with built up logo


Proposal: & flat cut letters. Illumination via trough light above. 1 no. externally illuminated projecting sign to be installed to right-hand side.


Bridgend Council to be prosecuted following death of school pupil

The Health and Safety Executive is to prosecute Bridgend County Borough Council following the death of Ashley Talbot, a pupil at Maesteg Comprehensive School, on 10 December 2014.

Prohibit any person from proceeding along the following lengths of footpaths and bridleway llanwonno Ynysybwl

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council intends not less than seven days from the date of this Notice to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 which will have a maximum duration of six months.


ICO Statement in response to reports of Just Eat story

An ICO spokesperson said:

“If a customer’s phone number is used for reasons for which it was not originally taken, it could be a breach of the Data Protection Act.

The inspectorate care in Wales is updating its name to 'Care Inspectorate Wales'

The regulator and inspectorate care in Wales, Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW), changed its name to the Care Inspectorate Wales (SSD).

This simplification reflects the modern face of the Inspectorate in Wales and has been discussed with staff and stakeholders.

The inspectorate care in Wales is updating its name to 'Care Inspectorate Wales'

The regulator and inspectorate care in Wales, Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW), changed its name to the Care Inspectorate Wales (SSD).

This simplification reflects the modern face of the Inspectorate in Wales and has been discussed with staff and stakeholders.

Council Tax change for empty properties a welcome step.

Following a recent revelation by Liberal Democrats of the number of empty homes in Local Authorities across Wales, it is good to see that RCT Council are looking at taking a furth

First Aid and Health & Well-Being Training For Carers

Carers Wales is delighted to be offering First Aid and Health & Well-Being training in Radyr on Thursday 8th February.

Judges reject fracking appeals but campaigner vows to go to Supreme Court

The Court of Appeal has rejected a legal challenge to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government’s decision to grant planning permission for exploration works to test the feasibility of “fracking” at two sites in Lancashire.

Fourteen people jailed as part of prison drugs investigation

The discovery of a handful of Subutex tablets during a prison visit led to the conviction of national network of drug dealers, including two mothers and their sons, and the seizure of drugs, cash, sports cars and expensive watches.

Children’s Third Sector involvement in the development of National Protection Procedures

Children in Wales are working in partnership with the Welsh Government to support the review and development of All-Wales practice guides which will be used in conjunction with the forthcoming National Protection Procedures.


Newydd Housing encouraging householders to ‘Get Hapi’ this January

Health and wellbeing key to starting the year in a positive way

As 2018 gets into full swing, Newydd Housing Association is encouraging its householders and communities to ‘Get Hapi’ and take a positive step towards having a happy and healthy year to enjoy.

Former CHC CEO says he's experienced a culture of 'entitlement, gagging, bullying and unfairness' in the Welsh NHS

The former chief executive of the Board of Community Health Councils in Wales says he's experienced a culture of 'entitlement, gagging, bullying and unfairness' in the Welsh NHS.

Transport Innovation Network

Launching across Wales in January and February 2018, Transport Innovation Network is part of the “Connecting Communities in Wales” project being delivered by the Community Transport Association.  This project is supported by the Welsh Government Rural Communities Development Fund – Rural Developm

RNIB Cymru supports people with sensory loss to claim £13.5 million in unclaimed benefits, supported by the Big Lottery Fund

RNIB Cymru’s Rights, Advice and Information Service (RAISE) is a specialist welfare benefit and welfare rights service for people with sensory loss across Wales who face poverty and social exclusion.

Calling all young deaf volunteers in Wales

If you're deaf, aged 14-25 and live in Wales with any experience of volunteering we'd like to speak to you. We want to learn about your experiences for a series of short videos we're creating.


Velindre Young Ambassador evening

A few weeks ago myself (Manon, Year 9 St John School) and Freya

Welsh councils must tackle causes of homelessness, watchdog says

Local authorities in Wales need to do more to tackle the ‘underlying causes’ of

Leading charity Diabetes UK Cymru is looking for swimmers to take the plunge

Theatr Brycheiniog Set to Stimulate your Heart, Mind...and Imagination this Spring

Spring brings rejuvenation at Theatr Brycheiniog, with the launch of a fresh new programme brimming with stimulating activities and events. With the brand new Corporate Support Club spring at the theatre is a time of fresh activity.

New funding begins exciting 2018 for Mountain Ash Cross Valley Link

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has secured additional Welsh Government funding of £500,000 for its Mo






Elderly offered advice on keeping warm this winter

EXPERTS at a Welsh care company are offering elderly people in the country advice on keeping warm in the winter weather (2018).


The Rights of the Child in Wales:

The Equality and Human Rights Commission in Wales (EHRC Wales) have commissioned the Observatory on Human Rights of Children and Children in Wales to evaluate the impact of legislation to embed the UNCRC in law and policy in Wales.











Around 3 in 10 people with urgent palliative care needs are not being assessed on time

Macmillan Wales welcomes a report on the progress being made to improve end of life care but warns that 3 in 10 people referred for urgent palliative care between 2016 and 2017 were not seen on time. 


Public urged to choose well and help save lives

With a recent rise in the number of recorded cases, Public Health Wales are reminding people affected by the flu to think carefully before seeking further medical assistance.

Flooding of the Public Right of Way National Cycle Network at the Ynys Aberdare

Flooding of the Public Right of Way (PROW) and National Cycle Network at the Ynys Aberdare is becoming more frequent with increased rainfalls this well used public footpath also forms part of the National Cycle Network.

RCT empty property rates amongst highest in Britain

Research carried out by the Liberal Democrats has revealed that there are 3,142 vacant homes in Rhondda Cynon Taff, 1,244 of which have been

Councils warned not to abuse anti-social behaviour powers

The Government has published new guidance warning councils against abusing anti-social behaviour powers after charities claim Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) are being used to target people unfairly.

The Home Office says the 

High tides set to affect Welsh coastline

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is warning people to take extra care along the coastline over the coming days as high tides coincide with Storm Eleanor potentially causing disruption and possible flooding in some areas.Flood Warnings have been issued around the Welsh coastline today