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October 2018

Spare a thought for elderly this Bonfire night

PEOPLE from Wales planning Bonfire night parties or fireworks displays this November (2018) are being urged to spare a thought for the elderly and vulnerable.


Welsh Conservatives to call for national plan to address NHS capacity pressures

In the Assembly this afternoon, the Welsh Conservatives will host a debate calling on the Welsh Labour Government to focus on a plan to properly and consistently fund NHS Wales throughout the year, and end the culture of ‘feast and famine’ through splurging money just for winter.

Ex-health boss ‘leaving Wales’ because of NHS failings

Responding, Angela Burns AM – the Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health – said:

“I’ve never seen such a strong personal indictment of the failures within the NHS in Wales.

Half of people in Wales don’t know that diabetes can cause erectile dysfunction

Diabetes UK launches new digital tool to help people understand more about the condition and how to m

15 Volunteering Wales projects specifically for 14 to 25 year olds

WCVA have announced that continuation funding for 49 Volunteering Wales projects has be confirmed by the Welsh Government.

Fifteen of those projects are specifically to enable young people age 14 to 25 to volunteer in their communities.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Statment Statement following the recent severe weather

Following this weekend’s adverse weather, the Council is currently undertaking a massive clean-up operation across the County Borough.

Just like the rest of Wales, and other parts of the UK, Rhondda Cynon Taf experienced severe weather from Thursday, October 11 to Sunay, October 14.

Children are ‘super spreaders’ when it comes to flu!

“It’s important we do what we can to protect children against infections and illnesses like flu, because as we all know, children are very good at spreading germs.”

Bake off meets dance as part of National Dance Company Wales new tour Roots this Autumn

A dancer in the kitchen making a mess with flour and eggs; stories about Italian women in the mafia and hip-hop ballet in the warmth of the Mediterranean is brought to the stages across Wales this autumn by National Dance Company Wales’ Roots tour - three short stories told through dance.

Charity calls for greater awareness of blindness in Wales

  • RNIB survey reveals that the biggest barrier facing blind and partially sighted people is the lack of knowledge and understanding of sight loss and outdated attitudes of the people around them1.
  • A poll of the general public backed up the charity’s research, with 32 per cent of people

Work goes on for NRW in aftermath of storm?

After a weekend of heavy rain and floods which hit South West Wales particularly hard, the clear up has begun.


Jail for Church Village conman behind £1 million fraud

A conman who fraudulently obtained a £1m loan he claimed was for humanitarian work before spending the cash on himself has been jailed for eight years and eight months.

Plaid Cymru Campaigning Review

New Plaid Cymru Leader Adam Price AM has announced that former SNP Depute Leader Angus Robertson will conduct a root and branch review of the party’s campaign machinery to: "look at our structures, our operations, capacity and ability to secure victory for Plaid Cymru in every corner of the count

Breast Cancer Awareness Month at St John

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, eight girls from Year 8, one from Year 11 and two members of the PE department, took on a section of the 24 hour Zumba Challenge. This took place in the Principality Stadium.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Statement of Accounts

The Council is required to prepare an annual Statement of Accounts detailing all of its financial activities during the year.

Coed Dyffryn Cwmbach,

The construction on a redundant ash tip and floodplain described as a fabulous development said Persimmon about Coed Dyffryn Cwmbach, it was estimated estimate 1000 tons of hardcore a day would be imported onto the site to raise the ground level I assume to prevent the flooding that now occurs ra

25% surge in Plaid Cymru membership in two weeks

Over 2,000 new members have joined the party since Adam Price was elected leader

Rhondda Cynon Taf update on the weather

Please note, the Met Office has issued a weather warning for rain covering the whole of Rhondda Cynon Taf on Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13.

Tŷ Newydd Courses 2019: Explore your creativity in Wales’ Year of Discovery

Literature Wales is proud to announce a new programme of creative writing courses at Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre for 2019.

Warnings as Storm Callum brings flood risk for Wales

Natural Resources Wales is asking people to be alert for flooding as heavy rain is expected across Wales later this week (Friday into Saturday morning).

October 16, Cabinet Members will consider an Officer report containing an update on the condition of the road network

Will the Cabinet consider the numerous complaints on Social Medea from local residents about all the near misses on the new road junction serving the cross-valley link at Mountain Ash?   

Family of Welsh minister lose judicial review bid over conduct of inquiry

The family of the late Welsh minister Carl Sargeant have lost an application for judicial review of the conduct of an inquiry into the events surrounding his death.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council say, 235 fines issued by Parking Enforcement Vehicle during September

More than 400 motorists have already been caught parking inconsiderately or dangerously by the Council’s Parking Enforcement Vehicle, during the whole of September - with the majority of these offences outside of schools across the County Borough.

Law Society backs planning inquiry system but calls for clearer procedures

Planning inquiries are the only appropriate procedure for determining more complex appeals and the appeals process “generally works well”, the Law Society has said in response to a call for evidence.

Halloween campaign for no ‘trick or treats’ on the elderly

A WELSH care provider is continuing its Halloween campaign for people to be more mindful of the elderly when ‘trick or treating’ (October, 2018).


Abacare first launched the campaign in 2014 to raise awareness of the elderly and vulnerable at this time of year.


Put your raise their game this autumn

The crisp air and the colors are less sharp, a making the perfect autumn amser Enjoy spectacular views of year roof and stunning scenery.


Polish teen from Merthyr up for national police award

A teenage Polish girl living in Merthyr Tydfil has been commended for her contribution to policing and has been shortlisted for one of Britain’s most prestigious policing awards.

No start date for the Aberdare Bypass

Cabinet Members have supported plans by the Welsh Government for its major dualling scheme on the A465 Heads of the Valleys road, by 2022.

Welsh Conservative Leader slams ‘government inertia’ for poor broadband coverage in Wales

The Leader of the Welsh Conservatives has blamed Wales’ poor broadband coverage on Welsh Government ‘bureaucratic inertia’.

Cwm Taf UHB statement in response to Cabinet Secretary’s statement, October 9th

Cwm Taf University Health Board has published the below statement following the Cabinet Secretary’s statement on maternity services on October 9th.

‘Fear and Blame Culture’ Must Be Addressed

A “fear and blame” culture within Welsh public sector bodies must be tackled if lessons are to be learnt from complaints, an Ombudsman report has found

GP secures funds for challenge to rules preventing wider charging of patients

A GP has secured his initial target of £5,000 to fund initial advice on a potential legal challenge to rules preventing GP practices from charging patients for all but a narrowly prescribed range of services.

Yet Another RCTC Consultation and then they do as they please anyway are they a waste of time?

Consultation agreed for 21st Century Schools investment in Pontypridd

Cabinet Members have agreed to an extensive consultation over new proposals to invest £37.4m in Pontypridd schools – which would be the latest wave of 21st Century Schools investment across the County Borough.

Recommendations for better diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes in children and young people accepted by Welsh Government

       Huge campaign victory for Cardiff family and Diabetes UK Cymru

  • Peter Baldwin’s legacy will help other children with the condition


£5 million Kancoat loss exposes Welsh Government's "unguarded attitude to risk"

Reports that more than £5 million of public money has been lost in supporting Swansea-based steel firm, Kancoat, has been described as "more than an isolated blip" by Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Russell George.

Traffic bottleneck on the A465 approach to Hirwaun Roundabout from Merthyr,

Following many posts on social media highlighting the traffic bottleneck on the A465 approach to Hirwaun Roundabout from Merthyr, the question commuters were asking why is the A465 approach road reduced to a single lane.

The new road junction constructed at Newtown Mountain Ash and the A4059

The new road junction constructed on the A4059 at Newtown Mountain Ash to serve the long-awaited Sothern Cross-Valley Link is proving to be a big problem for commuters.


The frontrunner to succeed Carwyn Jones as First Minister today indicated that Labour may break their 2016 manifesto pledge not to put up the rate of income tax before the 2021 Assembly election.


A recent review of incidents that we have instigated in our maternity service has identified the need to take action to ensure that risks are fully identified and any concerns are dealt with quickly and in the most appropriate way.



4 OCTOBER 2018

A letter from Chief Scout Bear Grylls

Dear Editor,


No matter which way you vote or what your worldview is, it’s vital that we find better ways to work together in our communities. When we don’t spend time understanding each other’s feelings, cracks begin to emerge in society.


Restart A Heart Day 2018 Welsh Rugby Union backs charity campaign to teach CPR throughout Wales!

Monday October 15th
Everyone welcome! 9am– 9pm Supported by The Welsh Rugby Union Riverside Suite, Principality Stadium, Cardiff

Protect yourself and your loved-ones from falls.

Falls are one of the biggest causes of hospital admissions for older people in Rhondda Cynon Taf - and partner agencies have put together a programme of support to assist.

Work of Virtual Ward team is recognised in UK awards shortlist

An Aberdare practice has been shortlisted as Team of the Year in a prestigious awards ceremony taking place in London in November.

Charity’s Wish to Screen Your Teens!

Cardiovascular disease is said to account for a third of all deaths in Wales.

Pontypridd schools next to have sixth form stripped away.

In July last year the Labour Cabinet in RCT announced plans to apply for funding to create two more "through schools" for 3 to 16 year olds.

Tenovus Cancer Care brings global ‘Know Your Lemons’ campaign to GP surgeries in Wales

Tenovus Cancer Care is delighted to announce a new partnership with Worldwide Breast Cancer to launch they're Know Your Lemons® breast cancer awareness campaign throughout the UK, with a launch in Wales.

4 Poets, 24 Hours, 100 Poems:

#Her100Cerdd returns to celebrate National Poetry Day

Operation Grey Anvil strikes a blow into local drugs network

South Wales Police executed a drugs warrant on Thursday, 28 September, 2018,at a flat in the Gurnos area of Merthyr Tydfil as part of Operation Grey Anvil.
Street deals of heroin, amphetamine and cash were discovered at the address in Palm Road.

Monmouthshire ranks top out of 22 Local authorities in Wales

Research shows that Monmouthshire has the most vibrant economy of any local authority in Wales – ranking top out of 22 local authorities in Wales.

Monmouthshire County Council broadens commercial property portfolio

Monmouthshire County Council is pleased to announce that it has acquired CastleGate Business Park in Caldicot from Robert Hitchins Ltd. The business park sits on a circa 17 acre site and provides 252,000 square foot of serviced accommodation.