Rhondda Cynon Taf Labour

Welcome to the RCT Labour Website. Here you will be able to find out more about the Labour Party in Rhondda Cynon Taf, keep track of the latest news, access the details of your Labour Councillors and contact RCT Labour.

Council seeks to secure key Pontypridd regeneration location

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is in the process of purchasing the Taff Vale site in Pontypridd. Thanks to a half a million pound investment by the Welsh Government through the Vibrant and Viable Places Programme the Council is set to purchase the long leasehold interest for the former Taff Vale Precinct. The key Pontypridd gateway site has been in the hand of receivers for three years and the purchase is intended to kick start redevelopment following a number of unsuccessful regeneration projects.

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Plaid amendment to Council Notice of Motion labelled “Bizarre” by Council Leader

The Labour Leader in RCT, Councillor Andrew Morgan has labelled a Plaid amendment to a Notice of Motion as nothing short of bizarre as it could leave the Council with a £310,000 bill.

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Leader’s Column – March 2015

As you will have recently read in this paper the Council has now delivered a balanced budget for the new financial year which will begin next week. This has been an incredibly tall order and something which has unfortunately involved the need for difficult and unpalatable decisions for us to bridge the £30m budget gap we faced.

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Leader Announces Further Cuts to Cabinet Salaries

Leader of RCT Council, Cllr Andrew Morgan, has this week announced that his salary and the salaries of Cabinet Members will be cut by a further 1.5% this year. Cabinet Members also took cuts to their salaries last year after Cllr Morgan became Leader.

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No Alternatives from Opposition

Last week the Council met to decide on the Budget Strategy for 2015/16. I was astounded to see the R.C.T Plaid Cymru Group and the Liberal Democrat/Conservative group choose not to produce an alternative budget or put forward any amendments to the budget for the forthcoming year. Both have criticised practically every budgetary decision taken by the R.C.T Labour group over the past twelve months including; funding for nursery provision, restructuring of senior management and changes to the music service, amongst others.

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Leader’s 2015/16 Budget Statement

At the budget setting meeting of the Council last week, RCT Leader, Councillor Andrew Morgan, made the following statement: Since becoming leader my focus has been on closing the starting point gap of £30.2m in order to set a balanced legal budget; and in doing so working with the Cabinet and Labour group to seek options to minimise the impact on the public, as best we can.

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