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Council's key areas for cuts in face of £30m budget gap

Rhondda Cynon Taf council's cabinet will discuss how to bridge a funding gap of around £30m for the next year. As part of its budget planning, the cabinet will discuss the following service areas on Friday October 10:

  • Nursery Funding Arrangement
  • School Music Service
  • Parks & Countryside Services
  • Street Cleansing
  • CCTV
  • Fees and charges arrangements
  • Public Health & Protection Services
  • Regeneration & Planning Administrative Arrangements
  • Town Centre Events Programme
  • Customer Care
  • Staff Catering Services

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Rhondda Cynon Taf nursery funding cuts talks due

Rhondda Cynon Taf council's cabinet will meet next week to discuss further cuts to services.

Among the areas to be discussed will be funding for nurseries. Provision of nursery funding has previously made the headlines and sparked protests from parents.

Previous protests over proposed cuts to nursery funding Credit: ITV Wales

RCT will discuss proposals to bridge what is expected to be a £30m budget gap for the next financial year. Over the next three years the council is expected to save around £70m.

These discussions will include whether or not to consult upon amending the funding of nursery education in the County Borough.

When you consider these figures in the context of rising demand for services such as social services, other financial pressures and the direction to protect the 5-16 schools budget, non protected areas of spending which are provided above statutory levels will therefore have to take the brunt of the cuts.

We have no alternative in this situation than to consider difficult decisions, and unfortunately these choices will inevitably focus on the services which are not statutory.

That is why when Cabinet meet next week, there will be discussions around considering to again consult upon amending our nursery admission funding arrangements.

– Andrew Morgan, Leader of the Council

Police renew appeal to help find Ivor Evans

Dyfed Powys Police have renewed their appeal for information to help find a missing man.

Ivor Evans was seen leaving Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen at around 7.45pm last night (Tuesday).

Police have renewed their appeal for information to help find Ivor Evans Credit: Dyfed Powys Police

During the day a co-ordinated search involving a police search team, mountain rescue search team, dog section and helicopter has been taking place near to where Mr Evans was last seen. Other Officers have also been making enquiries to try and trace the possible whereabouts of Mr Evans.

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Man, 76, charged with indecent assault against a boy

Police have charged a man with two offences of indecent assault against a boy Credit: PA

A man has been charged with two offences of indecent assault against a boy.

Roger Owen Griffiths, aged 76, from Wrexham, is alleged to have committed the offences between 1982 and 1984, when the boy was aged between 12 and 14 years old.

The charges result from an investigation by Operation Pallial, a National Crime Agency inquiry into recent allegations of past abuse in the care system in North Wales.

Roger Owen Griffiths will appear before Mold Magistrates on October 16 2014.

Cleverly: 'Tony Bellew will not hear the final bell'

Nathan Cleverly celebrates beating Alejandro Emilio Valori during their WBA Inter-Continental Cruiserweight title fight Credit: PA

Nathan Cleverly has vowed to step up his quest to become a two-weight world champion by disposing of Tony Bellew in their rematch in Liverpool on November 22.

The Welshman beat Bellew via majority decision in the same city in October 2011 but went on to lose his WBO light-heavyweight title in a knockout defeat to Sergey Kovalev last year.

Bellew also suffered a jolting loss at the hands of Adonis Stevenson in Quebec last November but the pair now campaign at cruiserweight where they hope to muscle back in on the title picture.

Nathan Cleverly (left) in action against Shaun Corbin Credit: PA

Many people have asked me why I am going back to Liverpool to fight Tony Bellew again and the answer is simple - I don't like him.

He talks too much and although I've beaten him before in front of his home fans, I am going to KO him this time around. He will not hear the final bell, I can guarantee you that.

I will deal with him all over again and become a two-weight world champion.

– Nathan Cleverly

There is clearly bad blood between the pair and Bellew insists he will claim a victory comprehensive enough to send Cleverly into retirement.

Tony Bellew celebrates win his WBO International cruiserweight title fight Credit: PA

I have been waiting for this fight for three years and now it is here revenge is the only thing on my mind.

This is a chapter in my life that I need to close and I will do that by ending Nathan Cleverly's career on November 22.

I am in the sport to be successful and win titles but this fight means more to me than any of that - this is personal, and he will not want to enter a boxing ring after I have finished with him.

– Tony Bellew
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