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Christmas will be “very difficult” this year because of coronavirus social distancing restrictions, the Welsh health minister has told Sky News. Vaughan Gething said there needed to be a “national conversation about the rules we’re all going to need to follow” to make sure everyone can have “some company” over the festive period.He admitted it […]

A pilot programme monitoring coronavirus in Wales’ sewage systems is finding that virus spikes in the community can be detected in local waste water. The programme, launched in June, is now monitoring 20 sites across Wales and covers 80% of the Welsh population. Researchers from Welsh universities were the first to start the national surveillance […]

Finance Minister Rebecca Evans says the job support measures set out by the Chancellor today are ‘a step in the right direction’, but warns that the level of support does not go far enough to guarantee a decent income for workers. The Minister also expressed her disappointed at the news of a one-year spending review […]

TWO further licensed premises have been served Closure Notices for breaking Covid-19 regulations.  The closures come as infection rates continue to rise across Rhondda Cynon Taf and Wales as the country heads into a national firebreak lockdown. The Tynte Hotel in Abercynon and the Rock Inn, Aberaman, were found to be in breach of the […]

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has broadened government support for businesses and workers as coronavirus restrictions are tightened ahead of a tough winter. The Treasury had come under pressure from business groups, local leaders and unions to expand grants and wage support to companies forced to limit or close their operations amid warnings of a surge of unemployment when […]

The Health Minister, Vaughan Gething has today (Thursday 22nd October) awarded £220m in funding to Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil. The funding will be used to further refurbish the ground and first floor, having previously benefited from £56m from the Welsh Government for previous phases of the programme. This phase of the project will consist of […]

In the face of dramatic falls in passenger numbers the Welsh Government has decided to bring the Wales and Borders rail franchise under public control. Transport Minister Ken Skates said the move will help secure the future of passenger services in Wales and the Borders area, protect jobs and maintain the Welsh Government’s ambitious plans […]

Increased mental health support and student hardship funds Support for students self-isolating Targeted learner support for vulnerable students The Welsh Government has announced it’s providing an extra £10 million this year towards supporting university students during the pandemic. The funding is intended to support activities such as increased mental health services and student financial hardship […]

Responding to the long-awaited flood report by Natural Resources Wales Mick Antoniw, Member of Senedd for Pontypridd and Alex Davies-Jones, Member of Parliament for Pontypridd said: “We welcome this extensive report, which clearly illustrates that Rhondda Cynon Taf was disproportionately affected by the floods that hit Wales in February, and also provides valuable information in respect of why and […]

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has today announced that car park charges in Aberdare and Pontypridd town centres will be FREE after 10am each day from this Saturday morning (October 24) – for the remainder of 2020. The announcement has been made following the ‘firebreak’ lockdown implemented by Welsh Government (from October 23-November 9), which will […]

Following the latest data from Public Health Wales, released 21/10/2020, we can now see the breakdown of cases and cases per 100,000 by areas within RCT. Please note that the data supplied is rolling 7 days (12/10/2020 – 18/10/20). There is a lag on the area breakdown data, so will not match the daily summary […]

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council will implement a full closure of Maerdy Mountain Road to carry out significant drainage work as a result of Storm Dennis – scheduled for the school holiday and ‘firebreak’ lockdown period to minimise disruption. Significant drainage work will be undertaken to lower the ground water level around the area of the […]