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On Thursday 14th January 2021, First Minister Mark Drakeford MS, will give an introduction to a new report calling for radical constitutional reform in the UK.  The report prepared by a voluntary and independent think tank of Labour Party and independent members from Wales, Scotland and England sets out some of the reasons for reforming the UK, […]

For the first time Rhondda Cynon Taf Local Authority’s Employment, Education and Training team will deliver their bi-annual Careers Fair event virtually in 2021. The event will deliver a highly interactive, 3D environment with a number of companies who will have open jobs, apprenticeships and graduate apprenticeships. The event will feature a number of pre-recorded […]

Letters about the Welsh Government’s COVID-19 vaccination plans will shortly begin to arrive at the front door of every household in Wales. The Health Board letters will be sent to every household in Wales over the next couple of weeks and will be issued by Local Authorities, on behalf of the Welsh Government. It will […]

The Welsh Government has published a White Paper setting out its bold plans for a Clean Air Bill, which will protect the health of the nation and defend our ecosystems from pollutants in our atmosphere, in law. It is currently estimated poor air quality contributes to a reduced life expectancy and death, tallying an equivalent […]

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has officially opened its new Emergency Control Centre, to be used in the event of major incidents which affect the County Borough and the safety of its residents. The facility, in a central location, is in addition to the Council’s 24/7 out-of-hours contact centre and is designed to allow the Council to manage a major incident at […]

Morrisons will become the first UK supermarket to pay at least £10 an hour from April. It will increase its minimum pay for up to 96,000 workers from £9.20. As reported by the BBC, Retail trade union Usdaw negotiated the £10 per hour basic rate which is 50p an hour above the voluntary Living Wage […]

Two of this year’s Young Innovator Award winners, announced today by Innovate UK and The Prince’s Trust, are from Wales. Shannon Thomas and Alex Newnes have started the new year with a boost after winning a coveted award for their new business projects. The innovators from Wales looking to make the world a better place are: · Shannon […]

A “stubborn number” of people are still refusing to follow the rules during the coronavirus lockdown, the chairman of the National Police Chiefs’ Council has said. Speaking at a Downing Street news conference, Martin Hewitt said forces across the UK have issued almost 45,000 fines for breaches of COVID-19 rules. Making clear that the police […]

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is asking residents and businesses affected by flooding last year to complete a survey which will help Officers collate local knowledge, storm event data and historical information about flooding.Rhondda Cynon Taf was hit by four storms in succession during 2020 – Storm Ciara (February 8-9), Storm Dennis (February 15-17), an unnamed […]

Plans to transform Merthyr Tydfil’s Cyfarthfa Castle into an international quality museum set in an expanded 100-hectare public park, could draw more than half a million visitors each year and “energise the Valleys Regional Park concept”, according to a new report. The report says the plan would ‘open new chapters in Welsh tourism, community and […]

The Welsh Government’s latest £180m Economic Resilience Fund package to support tourism, hospitality and leisure businesses affected by coronavirus restrictions will open for applications at 12pm tomorrow (Wednesday 13 January). The funding, announced in December, is part of a live £450m package of support that the, hospitality, leisure and tourism sectors as well as their […]

Acclaimed TV writer Russell T Davies has said that straight actors should not play gay characters. Best known for his work on Queer As Folk and Doctor Who, Davies is due to return to the screen with the much anticipated new Channel 4 drama It’s A Sin, which explores the HIV crisis in London in the […]