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July 2022

Take the Splash to mark Charity’s 21 st Anniversary

Are you ready to take the plunge and immerse yourself in water 21 times in aid of a lifesaving charity? To mark the Wales Air Ambulance’s 21st anniversary the Charity has launched its Splash 21 challenge, but have you got what it takes to take on the challenge during the month of September?

Repair scheme for the Gelli Isaf Tramroad Bridge near Trecynon

An important repair scheme will shortly begin to the Gelli Isaf Tramroad Bridge near Trecynon, which is a Scheduled Monument. The scheme will take place over two phases of work, with this year’s work causing no disruption.

Mental health waiting times harming young people

Thousands of young people are being left waiting so long for mental health support or treatment that they have attempted to take their own lives, leading mental health charity YoungMinds reveals today.

Latest two Section 19 flood reports published following Storm Dennis

 

Above this is one of the culverts that enter the Nant Gwawr below part of an email to the 3 Aberaman Councillors and RCTC Highways

Will the Wales Ombudsman follow? Annual review of complaints: the power to change

As it increasingly focuses on making wide-ranging recommendations to better council services, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has directed more improvements to local councils in the past year than ever before.

Today (July 28, 2022) we welcome our third cohort of overseas nurses to CTM.

Today (July 28, 2022) we welcome our third cohort of overseas nurses to CTM. Eighteen nurses join us from India the Philippines and Zimbabwe taking the total that have joined us at CTM to 54 – they will now undertake training before qualifying as an Registered Nurse in the next few months.

The Screen Time Diet: helping your teen find balance with their tech

For teens, the wave of activity on TikTok, Instagram and games like Roblox can take up hours of their day. Too much screen time can mean they aren’t socialising, staying active or spending enough time doing their homework.

Danger for children goes up as agency social worker numbers and cost go up

Concern over the welfare of children has emerged after figures obtained by the Welsh Conservatives have found the number of agency social workers employed by councils, and their cost, have been increasing in recent years.

Welsh Conservative comment on move to annual dental check-ups

In a move to ease the NHS dentistry backlog in Wales, the Welsh Government is to recommend people only need see their dentist once a year.

Falling fish numbers proof of Welsh Labour’s environmental failures

Welsh Conservatives have accused Labour of a lacklustre approach to environmental protection following figures showing a decline in salmon and sea trout numbers.

Nearly half of Welsh Councils deemed “biased” or at risk of controversial diversity teachings

The author of a landmark race report has said a “contentious interpretation of anti-racism, based on division, has taken hold” after a study found nearly half of Wales’ councils promote contentious diversity policies.

Statistics reveal huge number of absences in schools in Wales

New statistics show that a total of 62,921 children were absent from school for 40.5 days or more between September 2021 and July 2022.

UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Award

Ty Gwyn Education Centre in Aberdare has achieved the UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Silver Award – the only one in Wales. 

One week to go to the tax credits deadline – don’t miss out

The deadline for tax credits renewals is 31 July 2022. With just over a week to go, customers are being urged to renew their claim using HMRC's online services.

UK-wide Covid inquiry will not sufficiently scrutinise the actions of the Labour Government in Cardiff Bay? You got the same Government you voted for last 22 years so who is to blame?

Warning that Covid inquiry losing sight of devolution

Concerns have been reiterated by the Welsh Conservatives that a UK-wide Covid inquiry will not sufficiently scrutinise the actions of the Labour Government in Cardiff Bay after the Chair’s opening statement was revealed.

Welsh Labour’s healthcare failings forcing patients into debt

Labour’s failure to manage NHS waiting times is forcing people into debt, say the Welsh Conservatives following a report by the 

Innovation stories: Developing a rapid diagnostic tool testing for COVID-19 and beyond

A partnership project setup between Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board (CTMUHB), the University of South Wales, and Llusern Scientific, to rapidly diagnose a range of illnesses from Covid-19 to urinary tract infections using LAMP, a newly developed molecular technology.

 

Charity warns that nearly 1 in 2 people with cancer are now facing delays in vital treatments

Macmillan Cancer Support is warning cancer treatment waiting times in Wales have once again reached their lowest point since records began, with almost 50% of people with cancer facing worrying delays in their treatment.

First class facilities at YGG Aberdâr for the new academic year

Excellent progress has been made with the construction of new £4.7m school and childcare facilities at Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Aberdâr – with the vast majority of work now complete ahead of the new school year in September. 

Covid Passes not led by evidence admits Labour Health Minister

In an answer to a written question, Labour’s Health Minister, has admitted that there was no evidence that vaccine passports reduced transmission risk.

Labour introduced the vaccine passports in October for 19 weeks and were abolished at the end of February.

RCTC say free family swims but not in Pontypridd Lido why?

RCT council taxpayers fund the Pontypridd lido so why should there not be free sessions for RCT residents?    

Free family swimming sessions throughout the Summer Holidays with Leisure for Life 

Local authority improvement check letter: Powys County Council Social Services

CIW has today published a letter summarising the findings of our local authority improvement check on Powys County Council Social, which took place between 9 and 13 May 2022

Is your GP giving you continuity of care? Is your GP measuring up as good as Peter Blackburn?

Cradle to grave

Continuity of care has been shown to benefit patients, doctors and the NHS. Peter Blackburn speaks to GPs about how best to achieve it.

 

Common land saved at Bracelet Bay beauty-spot, Swansea

The Open Spaces Society are pleased that Swansea City and County Council has withdrawn its application to deregister [1] common lan

Welsh families receive free shoes for their children thanks to Russell & Bromley donating shoes to Home-Start UK

A leading British shoe retailer has donated more than 41,000 pairs of children’s shoes to national family charity Home-Start UK in an incredible package of kindness towards parents managing tight budgets.

 

Phone scams reported to HMRC fall in Wales

Phone scam reports have fallen by 81 pent cent in Wales over the last year, new regional data from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has revealed. In Wales, 216 phone scams were reported to HMRC in June this year compared to 1125 in June 2021.

Poor pupils in Wales two years behind their peers

A new report has found that pupils from poorer backgrounds are, on average, nearly two years (22-23 months) behind their peers when they sit GCSEs.

Full version of the WISE Wellness Calendar available for download in August

You may have seen a few simple ideas promoting wellness improvement on your social media feeds recently? Or even been inspired to try out a suggestion or two, hopefully adding some value to your physical and/or emotional wellbeing over this period?

Cabinet agreed to expand Family Engagement Officer roles in Schools across RCT

Cabinet agreed this week to deploy Welsh Government funding to expand Family Engagement Officer (FEO) roles across the County, based on the highest identified need and to benefit pupils across all phases - primary, secondary and Pupil Referral Unit learners.

Give Blood And Help Save Lives In RCT

Local residents are being called upon to help patients in need by giving blood with the Welsh Blood Service.

New Welsh Farming Community set to be launched at the Royal Welsh Show

As Welsh farmers gather at the Royal Welsh Show, a leading conservation charity is uniting farmers to deliver a better future. GWCT Wales will launch its Working Conservationists Farming Community at the Llanelwedd showground on Tuesday 19th July.

More than 33,600 tax credits customers use HMRC app to renew

More than 33,600 customers have successfully used the HMRC app to renew their tax credits claim so far this year, a 39% increase on last year, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has revealed. Tax credits help working families with targeted financial support, so it is important

Reservoirs Are Out Of Bounds This Summer

Stay safe this summer and stay away from all reservoir sites across Rhondda Cynon Taf – swimming in these waters is dangerous and must be avoided at all times.

Wales Senedd, members cannot represent constituents from their sofa

Welsh Conservatives comment on Senedd voting for permanent hybrid setting

Commenting, Welsh Conservative Business Manager Darren Millar MS said:

England’s newest health statistics ‘bleak’, but Wales worse

New health figures for England in June have been released, and the Royal College of Nursing has called the situation ‘bleak’.

In Wales, statistics for the Labour-run health system are significantly worse and have been for a long time.

Aberdare Park Road Races 2022

The Aberdare Park National Road Races return this weekend (July 16-17), once again attracting top riders from around the country as well as thousands of spectators over the two days.

Child poverty increasing in Labour-run Wales, declining in rest of UK

A new report has found that the proportion of children living in poverty in Wales has risen by 5% between 2019-20 and 2020-21, with the percentage of UK children living in relative poverty falling by 4% in the same time period.

20 mph speed limits but a blanket roll-out is quite frankly ludicrous the WelshGovernment has admitted this will have a negative cost of £4.54bn to the Welsh economy

Today (Tuesday 12th) the Senedd will vote on the Restricted Roads Order, which would impose reduced speed limits in built-up areas across the whole of Wales from 30mph to 20mph.

Commenting, Welsh Shadow Minister for Transport, Natasha Ashgar MS, said:

“No hope for patients” as Drakeford sinks under NHS questioning

The First Minister resorted to cheap partisan points in the Senedd today as he could not defend his government’s “horrendous” record when it came to NHS waiting times.

Working Together To Protect Our Countryside And County Borough

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is once again supporting South Wales Fire and Rescue as part of Operation Dawns Glaw, a taskforce set up to reduce the number of grass fires.

“Mid Wales a barren wasteland for dental services” and the rest of Wales not that better

The scale of the dentist crisis hitting Wales has been exposed after it was revealed there are no dental surgeries taking new NHS patients in its largest county.

Labour Government urged to hurry up with surgical hubs after report

The Welsh Conservatives are urging the Labour Government in Cardiff Bay to speed up its delivery of regional surgical hubs to tackle the record-long backlog that has built since the pandemic.

Hanan Issa announced as the new National Poet of Wales

Hanan Issa, a poet whose “words are like ribbons weaving languages and cultures together" has today been named as the new National Poet of Wales. The post is a 3-year term, running until 2025. Hanan succeeds Ifor ap Glyn, who completes his tenure this summer.

Labour focussing on constitutional chaos rather than addressing the people’s priorities,

The Welsh Conservatives have accused Labour of prioritising constitutional navel-gazing rather than addressing issues that face the people of Wales.

Young Wales Festival - Save the Date

Save the Date – Young Wales Festival

Saturday, 19 November 2022 St Fagan’s National Museum of History, Cardiff

Covid Memorial Garden at Prince Charles Hospital to support staff and our community

A Memorial Garden for those who have died as a result of the COVID pandemic opened yesterday in the grounds of Prince Charles Hospital.   The garden is designed in the shape of a heart and outlined yellow and was created by artist Siobhan Fitzgerald Grice and supported by graduate artist Shraddha

Licensing scheme for holiday lets in Wales is it the precursor to a Tourism Tax?

Welsh Conservative comment on licensing scheme rollout

The Labour Government are today announcing a licensing scheme for holiday lets in Wales, amid concerns that such a scheme would be bureaucratic and expensive.

323,700 tax credits customers have one month left to renew

323,700 customers are yet to renew their tax credits ahead of the deadline, with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) reminding them to do so by 31 July – or their payments will stop.

 

Donation from Mountain Ash Golf Club supports a garden for patients at Ysbyty Cwm Cynon

A charity night organised by the captain of the golf club Scott Hillman, Paul Jones and other committee members raised £725 towards the refurbishment of the garden on the palliative care ward at Ysbyty Cwm Cynon. The charity night saw Wales and Lions player Scott Quinnell entertain the guests with s

Stop Ynyshir Wind Turbines

Taken from Facebook,

 

I’ve been a bit quiet on here recently, so apologies. That said I’ve not taken my eye off the situation.