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June 2022

HMRC launches consultation to address concerns about Repayment Agents

New measures to stop rip-off agents taking advantage of people and pocketing their tax repayments have been proposed by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). HMRC today launched a 12-week consultation 

Suzie-Ann, 14, is missing from her home in Rhydyfelin

Suzie-Ann, 14, is missing from her home in Rhydyfelin and hasn’t been seen since June 22.She is 5ft 3 with a slim build, long wavy blue hair, and has large freckles on her face..She was wearing a black vest top, a black hoodie, black jeans and black dapps at the time she went missing.It is believed

Called for action on access to school buses following news that some families cannot afford to send their children to school

Welsh Conservatives have called for action on access to school buses following news that some families cannot afford to send their children to school as the cost-of-living rises.A survey issued by a secondary school in north Cardiff has found that some children are missing days of school because the

CTUHB Wearing a face mask in our hospitals

To protect our patients, our staff and visitors, we are now asking all hospital staff and visitors to wear face masks in all areas of all of our hospitals.This is effective immediately (Thursday, 23 June 17:00).We also need to ask you to try to maintain social distancing as much as you possibly can.

Serial Irresponsible Dog Owner Faces Court Action!

A serial irresponsible dog owner has been fined over £440 in court, for failing to clean up after his dog.The man from Ynysybwl, allowed his dog to roam the streets on his own, with no regard for his actions.

RCT Tree, Woodlands and Hedgerow Strategy

Cabinet has this week approved its new Tree, Woodlands and Hedgerow Strategy before commencing an eight-week consultation process with residents and other stakeholders.It will form part of the Council’s wider Climate Change Strategy and its commitment to making a difference to the planet and provide

This Week is Disability Awareness Week

During Disability Awareness Week we would like to share with you Rhys’ journey as an Engage to Change Project SEARCH intern at Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB.In the space of two years, Rhys Harris, 25,(pictured fourth from left) went from a college student to a vital frontline NHS worker.

Rhondda Cynon Taf lands unwanted publicity after being named as one of the top locations for most reckless young drivers in the UK

Rhondda Cynon Taf lands unwanted publicity after being named as one of the toplocations for most reckless young drivers in the UK● On average 71.9% of FluxScore users there will receive a warning about theirspeeding● Carmarthenshire also named and shamed in the top 10 produced by one of the UK’slarg

Practical Tips on Living with Dementia

A helpful infographic that breaks down lots of really helpful tips, across all aspects of life to help you or a loved one that is living with Dementia. We have produced a helpful infographic that breaks down lots of really helpful tips, across all aspects of life to help you or a loved one that is l


Armed Forces Week kicked off in Wales on Monday with a spectacular showcase of the vital support available to veterans and the wider Armed Forces community.

CTM health visitor who prevents babies entering the care system up for top award

A specialist health visitor who has developed bespoke health education and support to help parents care for their children has been shortlisted for a prestigious UK award.Sarah Terrett, from the Baby in Mind team at Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board works with women and their partners at an

Missing Wayne Jones from Aberdare

We are appealing for your help to locate missing man Wayne Jones.Wayne, 48, is missing from his home in Aberdare.He hasn’t been seen since this morning and there are concerns for his wellbeing.He is described as being 5ft 5 and has a stocky build with shaved black hair.

Scale of devastating ambulance waits across Wales revealed

Over 10,000 people with serious conditions are waiting over an hour for an ambulance in Wales.In figures obtained by the Welsh Conservatives, it was found 3,351 people that rang an ambulance and were designated amber in April had to wait over four hours for it to arrive.According to

Labour stuck in the past as they refuse to condemn rail strikes

The First Minister failed to condemn the rail strikes bringing the country to a halt today despite the enormous economic cost being inflicted on Wales.In First Minister Questions, Leader of the Opposition Andrew RT Davies MS asked Mark Drakeford if he supported the strikes that UK H

Dietitians Week

This week we are celebrating the varied contributions of theDietetic Workforce here at Cwm Taf Morgannwg.Dietitians and the dietetic workforce make a vital contribution to health across many different specialisms and healthcare settings.

Traffic Switch from Rhigos Road onto Old Rhigos Road

s part of the ongoing construction of the A465, from 22 June traffic will be switched from Rhigos Road onto the old Rhigos Road at the south of the roundabout.


SAXON HEADLINE STEELHOUSE 2022 - SATURDAY, 30th OF JULY.This will be their only UK festival appearance of 2022 and they'll be performing the classic 40th Anniversary Greatest Hits setlist.Ace Frehley will no longer be appearing.

British Red Cross focus group on flooding - recruiting attendees in Rhondda Cynon Taf

I’m getting in touch as I am hoping you are able to help us with some research we are doing on behalf of the British Red Cross. Collingwood Environmental Planning/Eunomia have been commissioned by British Red Cross to carry out research on how flooding affects people in the UK, looking at this quest

RCTC to close Maerdy Mountain Road for 8 weeks

Maerdy Mountain Road will close this summer to undertake the third phase of significant work, rectifying scour damage at a section of the slope below the highway – to ensure the road is safe and available for motorists into the future.  The A4233, between Graig Place in Aberdare and Station Road in

Transport for Wales strongly encouraged people to avoid using trains over the weekend, to avoid overcrowding.

Calls to act on lessons from concert chaos say Welsh ConservativesWelsh Conservatives are calling on Welsh Ministers to learn from the mistakes of the concert carnage as Cardiff played host to major concerts.This weekend sees Cardiff play host to more major events as Tom Jones and S

Freedom of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough For Our Key Workers

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is to confer the Freedom of the County Borough to all key workers in recognition of their selfless hard work and dedication throughout the COVID-19 global pandemic.The Freedom of the County Borough, the highest accolade that the local authority can bestow, will take place a

Welsh Labour’s failure to deal with problems in the social care sector is having, affecting ambulance delays

Urgent action required to address social care sector say Welsh ConservativesThe Welsh Conservatives have called on Labour Ministers to take urgent action following a damning report published by the Health and Social Care Committee.The report outlined the serious knock-on effects tha

Letter from Catherine Hunt: It’s time to make a stand

Dear Editor,  It’s time to make a stand.   Did you know that one in seven diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year die within two months after the diagnosis? We are being failed.

Royal Marines Visit RCT Falklands Memorial

To mark the 40th anniversary of the Falklands Conflict, a team of Royal Marines have paid their respects at the Falklands Memorial at Ynysangharad War Memorial Park.

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board - first in Wales to join partnership with the charity CRADLE

We are delighted today to be officially launching CRADLE within Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board.The CRADLE charity service focuses on supporting anyone affected by pregnancy loss or termination of pregnancy, as well as providing free resources and guidance to healthcare professionals acros

Labour must overhaul Wales’ sewer system say Welsh Conservatives

The Welsh Conservatives have reiterated calls to overhaul Wales’ “Victorian” sewer system following an increasing number of storm overflows.

Welsh Labour’s minister for climate change has withdrawn a statement on building safety in Wales from today’s agenda.

The Welsh Conservatives have called on Labour Ministers to move faster to tackle dangerous cladding in Wales.Today marks the 5-year anniversary of the Grenfell Fire, where 72 people tragically lost their lives.Concerningly, Labour’s minister for climate change has withdrawn a statem

Drainage improvements to be delivered on the A4059 near Newtown

The Council will deliver drainage improvements at the A4059 near Newtown, Mountain Ash, to reduce flood risk in heavy rainfall – and the work from June 20 will take place while maintaining two-way traffic flow.The improvements will take place within the 40mph section of A4059 New Road, just south of

The Welsh Labour Government splurged £11m on a Bangor business park which has sat empty for 20 years.

Two-decade business park fails to create any jobsThe Labour Government splurged £11m on a Bangor business park which has sat empty for 20 years.The Plaid Cymru-run local council have now approved plans to build a lorry fuelling facility there, but no permanent jobs will

Rugby star forced to retire at 25 with life-changing injury champions new jobs programme

Eli Walker was a professional rugby player for the Ospreys and Wales national side before a life-changing spinal injury forced him to retire at just 25 years of age. 

Water services regulator target of judicial review over “lack of action” on regulating sewage discharges

A legal campaign group has filed proceedings in the High Court against the water services regulator for England and Wales, Ofwat, over alleged failures to regulate sewage discharge into rivers, lakes and the sea.The group, Wild Justice, said it believes that Ofwat has "gone missing in addressing its

Labour Ministers have questions to answer over reports of unfair exams say Welsh Conservatives

The Welsh Conservatives are calling on Labour’s Education Minister to make an urgent statement to the Senedd as to why A-level students are reporting being questioned on topics not covered by their education and how he will rectify it.Commenting on the news, Welsh Conservati

Still no Play Area for the Ynys after it was demolished by RCTC Why?

Population Pontypridd 31,206 population Aberdare 31,705 making Aberdare the largest town in RCT The Council has announced its programme to improve 19 more children’s play areas during 2022/23 – having already refurbished more than 100 facilities over the past seven years in a £4.8m investment. This

Diabetes UK Cymru calls for access to diabetes psychology across Wales and an end to “postcode lottery”

To mark Diabetes Week (13th to 19th June), Diabetes UK Cymru is launching a campaign to highlight the inequalities faced by many living with diabetes when accessing psychology services.

Welsh Labour wasting some £10m on the North Wales air-link, which hasn’t operated since the pandemic began,

The Labour Government has today announced that it will not be reinstating the £3 million a year airlink between Cardiff and Anglesey.The Welsh Conservatives have been questioning Labour Ministers to confirm the future of the flightpath over a year.

Just another £10 million lost to welsh Taxpayers so whats new with Welsh Labour?

The Welsh taxpayer stands to lose £10m on an “investment” made by the Labour Government as a cancer treatment healthcare group seeks to put itself into liquidation.It has led to questions from the Welsh Conservatives as to why ministers did not step in to safeguard the investment an

Thoughtful new show for children based on the novel Owl at Home

  Children’s theatre company visits venues in Wales with thoughtful new shows elping children to reflect on their experiences of isolation.Theatr Iolo, the children’s theatr

First Minister taken to task over Ed Sheeran Cardiff concert chaos on the M4 and Transport for Wales

The Welsh Conservative have slammed the Labour Government in Cardiff Bay for failing to plan ahead for major events after the chaos that befell the capital the weekend before last.Bill for abor

Rugby stars and entrepreneur unite to launch Wales-wide health and fitness app

TWO high profile Welsh rugby players and an entrepreneur have completed a successful round of investment to support the relaunch of a fitness app that will revolutionise the way people access exercise and leisure services in Wales.Fitap is an innovative search platform connecting gym owners, persona

Plaid Cymru “surrender all pretence of opposition” as Drakeford gets easy ride

Plaid Cymru have been accused of failing in their duty as an opposition party by failing to scrutinise the Labour Government in Cardiff Bay.Analysis by the Welsh Conservatives show that since September last year, when conversations for the eventual cooperation deal between the other

Is your kids school one of the 4? Plans to feed children insects across four primary schools in Wales.

Welsh Conservatives slam plan to feed children bugsThe Welsh Conservatives have expressed astonishment towards plans to feed children insects across four primary schools in Wales.Shadow Education Minister Laura Anne Jones MS has written to her Labour counterpart in government to que

An update on wearing a face mask in Cwm Taf hospitals

Welsh Government announced late Friday (May 27), that from this week (May 30 onwards) it is no longer a legal requirement for visitors, patients or staff to wear masks or face coverings when entering our sites.There are some areas of our hospitals where we will ask and encourage you to wear a face m

Visiting restrictions relaxed across Cwm Taf Morgannwg

We are delighted to be able to further relax visiting restrictions from Thursday June 2, 2022.Even though we have been able to make changes throughout 2022, we have always understood how hard it has been having visiting restrictions in place for our patients, and for you, as their family and loved o