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November 2021

Omicron: Welsh Conservatives publish public health action plan

Welsh Conservatives have today published a detailed action plan to tackle the numerous public health crises in Wales.

Landlords will be offered guaranteed rent and money to carry out improvements.

Labour ministers must make sure they do not overpromise and underdeliver with their new plan to tackle homelessness.Property owners in Wales are set to be offered money to rent to homeless people, Labour announced today (Nov 30).Homeowners will be able to lease their properties to councils so they c

Be A Councillor, Be The Change You Want To See

Councils are encouraging more women and people from under-represented groups to consider standing as candidates at the next local elections.All councils are developing local action plans and signing Diverse Council declarations to push for progress to ensure council chambers are more representative

Wales has the worst rail services in the UK, survey reveals

News that Wales has the worst train services in the UK comes is disappointing but not at all surprising, the Welsh Conservatives have said.A YouGov poll found people in Wales rate their local train services worse than any other area in Britain.It found that 22% of Welsh residents believe rail provis

CLEAR Message for Irresponsible Dog Owners

TWO simple messages are being stencilled in key locations across Rhondda Cynon Taf in a bid to remind dog owners to be responsible.The messages are simple ‘NO DOG FOULING’ and ‘NO DOGS ON PITCHES’ and are part of the overall campaign to take action to crack down on those who ignore the rules set out

Over 2,000 people in Wales, who likely contracted coronavirus in hospital,

New data has shown over 2,000 people in Wales, who likely contracted coronavirus in hospital, went onto die. Commenting, Welsh Conservative and Shadow Health Minister Russell George MS said:
“That a quarter of Covid deaths in Wales were caught in hospitals here is a source of great sadnes

Plaid Cymru's betrayal of Welsh farmers with U-turn on NVZs

The Welsh Conservatives have accused Plaid Cymru of betraying Welsh farmers after they dropped their opposition to the Labour Government’s water regulations.As part of its deal with the nationalists, the Labour Government has secured backing for the Water Resources Regulations 2021 – the Wales-wide

Redevelopment project for vacant building for even more offices in RCT

The Council is progressing plans for the redevelopment of a vacant building in Porth town centre, removing a notable eyesore and providing crucial opportunities for local businesses. The premises, 38 Hannah Street, Porth, has been vacant for a number of years.

Kick-start Scheme rolled out within CTMUHB

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board is delighted to be taking part in the Government funded ‘Kick-start’ scheme, which supports young people to develop transferable skills and increase their opportunities for sustained employment.In partnership with the Department of Work and Pensions, the aim

Llantwit Fardre Murder Investigation Update

Detectives investigating the murder of a woman in Llantwit Fardre have arrested a man and he is currently in police custody.Formal identification of the victim has not yet taken place, but officers believe the woman to be local resident, 65 year-old June Fox-Roberts.It can also be confirmed that the

Labour-Plaid coalition must stop insulting grieving families and hold COVID inquiry

The Labour-Plaid Cymru coalition has been urged to stop ignoring grieving families and finally commit to holding a Wales-specific COVID inquiry.Welsh Conservative MS Darren Millar called on Labour and their new coalition partners in Plaid Cymru to do the right thing and commission an inquiry during

Over one million homes at risk of flooding

As many as 1.5 million households in the UK are at risk of flooding but are yet to take any action, the Environment Agency has said.The agency has issued the warning to coincide with Flood Action Week and an alert from the Met Office that there is an above average likelihood of a wet winter.The rese

Transport for Wales overcrowding continues lack of face coverings appear to be excepted

Passengers were crammed onto trains yet again following the rugby in Cardiff – despite Transport for Wales chiefs insisting they had learnt their lessons following similar incidents recently.Nearly 70,000 people were in the Principality Stadium on Saturday evening watching Wales take on Australia, w

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council spend money in Pontypridd

Cabinet Members have received an update on the development and ongoing delivery of important regeneration projects within Pontypridd Town Centre.A report to Cabinet on November 15 outlined the progress made in the current regeneration framework (‘Pivotal Pontypridd – Delivering Growth’) – which star

Welsh Conservative comment on three-week review

Commenting, Welsh Conservative and Shadow Health Minister Russell George MS said:
“The First Minister is trying to portray a picture where no new restrictions are being introduced, but this is the week when coercive, ineffective, and anti-business vaccine passports have been expanded.“Thi

Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board, which covers the Central Valleys and Bridgend, was the worst-performing in Wales against the four-hour target

Labour's NHS records its worst-ever performance figuresThe Labour-run NHS in Wales has recorded its worst-ever A&E waiting times, its longest treatment waiting list on record, and the slowest ever response times from ambulances.Latest Welsh NHS data shows A&E waiting times were again the wor

More public money on more Welsh administration more public bodies to pay for

Assurances have been sought by the Welsh Conservatives that powers and democracy aren’t going to be stripped from local authorities by Labour ministers.Sam Rowlands MS, the party’s Shadow Minister for Local Government, questioned his Labour counterpart over Corporate Joint Committees in the Senedd t

Public realm improvements in Mountain Ash Town Centre

The Council has completed a series of improvement works to the car park near Rhos Square in Mountain Ash, increasing parking capacity for the town centre and improving the general appearance of the area. The scheme got underway earlier this year as part of planned improvements for Rhos Square, known

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council said Fly-tipping in our County Borough will not be tolerated but is this true?

Lazy Fly-Tippers FINED Over £3360Fly-tip in Rhondda Cynon Taf and you will be caught red handed as these SEVEN individuals have recently found out!In the last month SEVEN individuals have been held accountable in court for their reckless, fly-tipping actions.

Macmillan warns of worrying gap in cancer survival rates between people living in the least and most deprived areas of Wales

Macmillan warns of worrying gap in cancer survival rates between people living in the least and most deprived areas of WalesMacmillan Cancer Support is warning of a worrying gap in cancer survival rates between people living in the least and most deprived areas of Wales according to new data publish

Diabetes UK Cymru demands Welsh Government action as pandemic hits diabetes care hard

Diabetes timebomb:Charity demands Welsh Government actionas pandemic hits diabetes care hard 
  • Figures show 40% of people with diabetes in Wales had consultations cancelled that have still not taken place
  • One in three have not had contact with their diabetes team since the start of the

Bed shortage crisis in Welsh hospitals Labour cutting 30% of beds in the NHS since 1999.

Commenting on the bed shortage crisis in Welsh hospitals, Welsh Conservative and Shadow Health Minister Russell George MS said:
“Let’s be clear; Labour ministers over successive years are the authors of this situation after cutting 30% of beds in the NHS since 1999.

State-of-the-art palliative care unit at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in the running for top architecture award

A £7.25m palliative care unit near Llantrisant that brings people near the end of their lives closer to nature is in the running for a top architecture award. The Y Bwthyn NGS Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care Unit at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital has been shortlisted for the Health and Wellbeing

Transport for Wales need to get a grip on overcrowding after shocking services

Bosses at Transport for Wales have been criticised by the Welsh Conservatives after two shocking incidents of overcrowding.The Labour Government-owned body ran a service between Cardiff and Manchester with just two carriages, forcing passengers to sit on the floor or stand.One passenger said he had

Advanced Practitioners in the spotlight

This week across CTM we are marking Advanced Practitioners Week by celebrating the role of Advanced Practitioner in our Health Board.Advanced clinical practitioners (ACPs) are healthcare professionals, educated to Master’s level, with the skills and knowledge to allow them to expand their scope of p

AACE report on hospital handover delays: Statement from Jason Killens, Chief Executive of the Welsh Ambulance

STATEMENT from the Trust's Chief Executive in response to the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE) report on the impact of delayed hospital handovers –Jason Killens, Chief Executive of the Welsh Ambulance Service, said: “Despite ongoing efforts over the years, hospital handover delays re

Deputy Chief Medical Officer says regular testing for NHS staff not “important”

Welsh Conservatives have expressed concerns after the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Wales said that he did not believe twice-weekly use of lateral flow tests for NHS staff is “particularly important”.Dr Chris Jones’ comments to BBC Wales Live last night follows news that some hospitals in Wales d

Stagecoach South Wales Twitter account what’s going on bus services in Cynon Valley?

Stagecoach South Wales Twitter account what’s going on bus services in Cynon Valley Many people rely on public services to run on time within 20 minutes cancelled services were reinstated, the government want people to use more public transport both bus and rail services are a shambles in Wales. Tra

Progress made towards the ULEV strategy for the region

The Council’s Climate Change Cabinet  Steering Group has received an update on the progress made and actions completed towards the Ultra Low Emissions Vehicles (ULEV) Strategy covering the Cardiff Capital Region.At its meeting on Wednesday, November 10, the Steering Group considered a report providi

Ombudsman criticises council over failure to tell woman about availability of Community Trigger

Community TriggerYou may feel like you have nowhere to turn for help.  You may have reported the anti-social behaviour but no one seems to be doing anything and no one is listening.  The Community Trigger has been designed for you.If you (or others) have reported an incident 3 or more times within a

Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun are holding an online Christmas raffle

Ffrindiau Rhydywaun is holding an online Christmas raffle with some amazing prizes up for grabs, including an iPad Air!Many thanks to many local businesses for their generous prizes.Tickets are £1 each and are only available to buy through clicking this PayPal link: 

Wenjing's mum bravely shared these words and paid tribute to her daughter and to the local community who have been so supportive since her tragic loss:

Following today's guilty verdict at the trial of Chun Xu for the murder of Wenjing Lin and the attempted murder of her stepfather, Yongquan Jiang, Wenjing's mum bravely shared these words and paid tribute to her daughter and to the local community who have been so supportive since her tragic loss:My

MS’ offensive remark about low income families shows what Labour really thinks of working-class people

Labour has come under-fire after one of the party’s Senedd members said people on low incomes were too poor to go to the cinema, rugby or football.Jenny Rathbone’s comments were made in the Senedd last night as members debated extending COVID passes to cinemas, concert halls and theatres – something

Mark Drakeford was made to apologise to a pensioner who had to wait over half a day for an ambulance to arrive after he suffered a stroke

Mark Drakeford was made to apologise to a pensioner who had to wait over half a day for an ambulance to arrive after he suffered a stroke following pressure from the Welsh Conservatives during First Minister’s Questions.The questions from Paul Davies MS came following news that an 85 year-old man fr

Future development at Pontypridd? In Aberdare Nationwide Building Society the only business open in the photograph

To be fair the council are providing the residents of Aberdare with a footbridge over the River Cynon and giving residents from Abernant more exercise to get to the new crossing and railway station.   The Council has confirmed it is currently considering development options for several vacant buildi

Advanced Practitioners in the spotlight

This week across CTM we are marking Advanced Practitioners Week by celebrating the role of Advanced Practitioner in our Health Board.Advanced clinical practitioners (ACPs) are healthcare professionals, educated to Master’s level, with the skills and knowledge to allow them to expand their scope of p

Quality Mark Awarded To Council's Youth Service?

The Council’s Youth Engagement and Participation Service (YEPS) has been awarded the Quality Mark For Youth Work in Wales.http://www.aberdareonline.co.uk/news/rhon

Welsh Conservative comment on 13-hour ambulance wait for stroke victim

An 85 year-old man from Mountain Ash had to wait 13 hours for an ambulance after suffering a stroke, leading to fears by his family that he might never fully recover.David Evans was at his home in late October when he had a stroke, with the first call to emergency services made at 6:45pm.

Calling graduates and career-changers: Applications are now open for innovative route to become a teacher in Wales

The Open University (OU) in Wales is now taking applications for its 2022 PGCE course – a route to becoming a primary or secondary school teacher.

Cardiff Airport’s recovery plan must be made public Cardiff Airport 20 Arrivals 21 departures in 5 days Bristol Airport 61 departures 61 arrivals today

Labour ministers must make their recovery plan for Cardiff Airport public if they are serious about turning its fortunes around, the Welsh Conservative have said.The plea comes after it was revealed passenger numbers dropped to the lowest levels since the 1950s from 1.6 million to just 48,000.A Resc

Powys farmer being fined £15k for planting trees in the wrong place by inches

Commenting on a Powys farmer being fined £15k for planting trees in the wrong place by inches, Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Janet Finch-Saunders MS said:
“Once again, we see nonsensical rules overriding common sense, with Welsh farmers being fined for simply doin

National overview report of assurance checks

Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) today published an overview of Children and Adult Social Services in Wales. The report describes the overwhelming pressures local authorities have faced in providing care and support during the pandemic, and the future challenges and difficulties they now face.

The Open University champions COP26 with ‘Green Zone’ event exploring culture, citizens and climate

The Open University is hosting a unique event at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) as one of several initiatives to mark its commitment to responding to the climate crisis.  COP26 will bring together parties from across the world to accelerate action towards the goals of the

Welsh Conservatives need to insist Westminster Government Pay for coal tip action and removal

Responding to an expert stating that a coal tip warning system is essential, Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Janet Finch Saunders MS said:

Welsh Labour cuts over 200 NHS beds in Wales during pandemic

The number of beds in the Welsh NHS fell by 224 during the first year of the pandemic it can be revealed.Official statistics released last week show the Labour Government in Cardiff Bay oversaw a fall in NHS Wales beds from 10,564 to 10,340 in 2020/21, a decrease of 2.1% compared to 2019/20.During t

So what is new about footage of rugby fans crammed onto a train that sparks call for urgent action

Welsh Minister Julie James MS is responsible for Transport Rail services through the Wales and Borders franchise, why is this ongoing problem allowed to happen could it be she has too many responsibilities to bother about overcrowding and the lack of rolling stock?