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Read All About It

Is it me or is there a severe lack of local news these days? WalesOnline seems to have abandoned it’s local news section with stories still there from Boxing Day!  The BBC don’t even know where the ‘valleys’ are and the local rag (the Observer) is losing circulation faster than...

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Cuts to Libraries

RCT council, which still pays out £1.2m to councillors is to cut £1.1m from libraries, bus routes, day nurseries and youth services. Nice to see where their priorities lie! Among them are the introduction of single-staffed libraries – mooted for Hirwaun, Ferndale, Mountain Ash, Pontyclun and Rhydyfelin – and the plan to scrap three of RCT’s...

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Councillors – Are They Worth It?

Firstly, can I say this is not a personal attack on any individual, or any political party but… In RCT, where we are seeing unprecedented cuts to jobs and council services it surely must make sense to look at other ways of saving money. An area that rarely gets looked...

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Services Cut

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has to save £63m over three years. They’ve known this for years yet they keep dragging their feet. As anyone with a primary school education knows the longer you wait to start paying the more you have to pay when you do eventually start. Big cuts...

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‘Unthinkable’ RCT Council Cuts

Well, we’ve had ‘brutal‘ cuts, now for ‘unthinkable’ cuts… what’s next? ‘Historical’ ‘Hysterical’ cuts? Back to the present – Rhondda Cynon Taf council’s leader has called a meeting of the leaders of all local political groups to discuss “unthinkable” service cuts on the horizon. The meeting takes place at the civic...

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Council Tax Rise

Rhondda Cynon Taff residents could be hit with a 3.8% rise in council tax next year as the council cuts jobs for frontline staff while giving senior managers huge pay rises. Doesn’t seem fair does it? Wales Online says that Wales’ third-largest local authority will consider the tax increase as...

RCT Cut Senior Managers At Last! 0

RCT Cut Senior Managers At Last!

Fifteen senior managers are to be given huge redundancy payouts while those remaining will receive pay rises! Rhondda Cynon Taf council will scrap the roles of 15 senior staff but some posts will be re-graded. As a result of the decision, the new management arrangements will come into place this...

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RCT To Charge For Sports Fields

As part of its drive to save millions of pounds Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has proposed charging clubs for the use of the council’s 26 bowling greens, 15 cricket grounds, 38 rugby fields and 67 football pitches, in Phase Three of cuts to services. It estimates a 34-week season would...

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More RCT Cuts

Whilst people are still reeling from the massive cuts in services and huge job losses that have already taken place in the council it seems that this could just be the tip of the iceberg. News is finally out about the third round of brutal cuts to services across the...

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Thousands Of Jobs To Go

All 22 local authority leaders in Wales have signed a letter sent to all members of the National Assembly for Wales, the House of Commons and the European Parliament outlining ‘very serious concerns’ over having to find up to £900m in savings. The letter highlights the crisis in services where...

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RCT Council Double Standards?

RCT council have already ‘deleted’ 111 staff. Strange term we know 😉 There’s a best selling crime thriller from a local author with that word in it, but anyway we digress. Amongst the staff, who have taken early retirement or voluntary redundancy, were 92 education and lifelong learning staff, 4...

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Brutal RCT Cuts

RCT council’s leader says the authority must slash a massive £26m from its budget next year with every single service being put under scrutiny. Cllr. Andrew Morgan said further ‘brutal’ cuts will have to be on a ‘much bigger scale’ than the first two phases of sweeping cuts to public...

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Save Our Fire Engine!

A decision on cutbacks to the fire service in Rhondda Cynon Taff will be announced on September 29. Firefighters said they expected an announcement on phase three of the Fire Cover Review, which will decide the future of provision in Porth and Pontypridd, to take place in the summer. Proposals...

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New RCT Council Leader

New Rhondda Cynon Taff Council Leader Andrew Morgan has immediately reshuffled his cabinet members after being officially elected by the majority Labour group. Cllr. Morgan, ward councillor for Mountain Ash West and Cabinet Member for Frontline Services takes over from Anthony Christopher, who tragically passed away on May 15 after...

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Protesters chained to bookshelves

Police were called after a group of campaigners chained themselves up at Rhydyfelin Library, near Pontypridd. Protesters chained themselves to bookshelves for around four hours. The library closure is one of 14 made by Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) Council as the authority tries to save £70m over the next four...

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RCT to scrap education cuts

Parent power has prevailed after a top judge overturned a council’s decision to cut its nursery education provision. A judge at the Royal Courts of Justice in London today concluded that Rhondda Cynon Taf council acted unlawfully when making cutbacks to its schools admission arrangements. In January, cabinet approved proposals...