Hundreds of parents and children marched through Pontypridd town centre to protest against proposed cuts to nursery care for three year olds. Rhondda Cynon Taff Council need to make savings of up to seventy million pounds over the next four years. Alexandra Lodge reports.
Hundreds of people are protesting in Pontypridd today against cuts proposed by Rhondda Cynon Taf council. They are angry at plans to cut full-time nursery provision for three-year-old children, which they say will worsen the effects of poverty on education.
They also say in many cases it will make it impossible for them to work and do the nursery-run.
The council says it's "being forced to consider changes, reductions and cuts to services as a result of the UK Government's austerity measures."
It added: "The Council is currently consulting on an initial five service change options and all service areas are currently being reviewed to identify further opportunities for savings which will be considered in the coming months.
"Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is confident that despite the need to review and reconfigure its services, we will continue to compare favourably with those provided by neighbouring local authorities."