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Following publication of the 2021/22 provisional Local Government Settlement in December, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet will next week consider a Draft Budget Strategy for the forthcoming financial year which includes an increase of £2.2m for the schools budget and what is once again likely to be the lowest council tax rise in Wales.  A report to Members on Thursday, January 28,outlines a proposal on setting a balanced Budget […]

Britons hoping to escape to Spain could have their holiday plans cancelled following reports the Spanish prime minister said the country would not welcome international tourists until the “end of summer”. Speaking at a meeting of the World Tourism Organisation, Pedro Sanchez reportedly said he did not expect holidaymakers to visit Spain until nearly all […]

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet will receive an update on the investment and commitment to expand Welsh Medium education in Rhondda Cynon Taf, working towards the outcomes outlined in its Welsh in Education Strategic Plan (WESP). Members will consider a report on Thursday, January 28, outlining actions taken towards the WESP – which provides strategic […]

Heartless fraudsters are offering false Covid vaccines in a bid to cheat others out of their hard-earned cash, and make money from a pandemic in which thousands in South Wales have died. That’s the warning from detectives, who have also urged people to be vigilant – and to warn others about such scams. In recent […]

A woman’s been caught on camera lying down on train tracks in East Sussex to pose for photos. CCTV footage shows her sprawled across the rails at a level crossing in Seaford while another person took pictures on Monday. Police have branded the stunt “unthinkably stupid” as trains pass through at up to 70 miles […]

The government has “considered” the full closure of the UK’s borders amid concerns about new COVID variants being imported from abroad, a cabinet minister has revealed. This week, the government closed all UK travel corridors – which had allowed arrivals from some countries to avoid having to quarantine – until at least 15 February.People coming […]

Residents and road users are advised that St Albans Bridge in Blaenrhondda will undergo a planned closure next week, to complete further work as part of the scheme which saw the bridge successfully replaced last year. The Council reopened St Albans Bridge to vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians during December 2020 with a brand new structure – having […]

RCT Council have said they will begin a scheme to upgrade the traffic signals on the A4119 near Tesco Talbot Green – with traffic management to be implemented on the last two Sundays in January and two weeks of work in February. The scheme will replace the traffic signals at this location on A4119 Talbot Road, to deliver a more efficient light sequence at the busy junction and improve traffic flow. The work […]

This year’s Glastonbury music festival has been cancelled due to coronavirus, organisers have confirmed. In statement shared on social media Thursday lunchtime, the organisers say “With great regret, we must announce that this year’s Glastonbury Festival will not take place, and that this will be another enforced fallow year for us. “In spite of our […]

Rhondda Cynon Taf council has called on Welsh Government to extend Free School Meals to all children who live in poverty in Wales following a Plaid Cymru motion which was supported by Labour and Independent Councillors in RCT.  It is seen as a positive, practical, and progressive step towards improving the experience of children in RCT […]

Comment on the current Yellow Weather warning for Rhondda Cynon Taf, County Borough Councillor Andrew Morgan Leader of the Council said: “The Council is continuing to closely monitor the forecast as it is updated and is responding to any developments or incidents that occur.  The Council has undertaken a number of proactive steps to prepare for the […]

Four senior politicians have apologised and are under investigation over claims they broke coronavirus rules. The three Conservatives – Paul Davies, leader of the Welsh Tories in the Senedd; opposition chief whip Darren Millar and shadow finance minister Nick Ramsey – as well as Labour’s Alun Davies, deny wrongdoing.Paul Davies has been suspended by his […]