How the Council is working with others

The Council works with other public and third sector organisations to deliver many different services.The aim is always to provide better and more joined up services to residents of all ages and make the best use of resources.  These are just some of the ways we are working with others.

A £1.2 billion Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) City Deal that could transform the economy of South East Wales was ratified on 1 March 2017. The CCRC City Deal is a partnership consisting of ten local authorities i.e. Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Bridgend, Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen and Newport.

Its vision is to 'Work together to improve the lives of people in all of our communities. We will maximise opportunity for all and ensure we secure sustainable economic growth for future generations' and it's aims are to:

  • Create and boost economic prosperity by improving productivity,
  • Tackle worklessness,
  • Build on foundations of innovation,
  • Invest in physical and digital infrastructure,
  • Provide support for business and ensure that any economic benefits generated as a result, are felt across the region.

 Papers from Cardiff Capital Region City Deal Joint Cabinet


Cwm Taf Public Services Board

The Cwm Taf Public Services Board is a collection of public bodies working together to improve the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of people who live, work and visit the Cwm Taf areas of Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil.

The Board’s aims are to :

  • improve the quality of life and outcomes for citizens of Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil, the Cwm Taf area;
  • provide proactive, collective leadership in tackling the most challenging issues facing public services in the planning, commissioning and delivery of services to the citizens of Cwm Taf
  • stimulate dialogue, co-ordination and co-operation between local, regional and national public sector organisations to improve and integrate service delivery for the citizen;
  • remove “blockages” or other obstacles by minimising bureaucracy and the preventative effectiveness of organisational boundaries;
  • celebrate success in the delivery of services for citizens of Cwm Taf;
  • consider ‘best value’ and prudency in the expenditure of public service resources and to explore areas where collaborations/ integration would provide greater efficiencies and improved outcomes; and
  • involve citizens in influencing how we deliver public services

Over the last twelve months the Cwm Taf Public Service Board has been talking with people and communities across Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil about what matters most to them. The consultation findings have now been made available.

The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 sets out seven national Well-being Goals for which all Public Bodies MUST work together to achieve:

  • A Prosperous Wales
  • A Resilient Wales
  • A Healthier Wales
  • A More Equal Wales
  • A Wales of Cohesive Communities
  • A Wales of Vibrant Culture and Thriving Welsh Language
  • A Globally Responsible Wales


Community Safety Partnerships were formed following the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, which made it a statutory duty for each Local Authority area to have a Community Safety Partnership.

In 2017, a new Cwm Taf Community Safety Partnership Board was created, merging the previous two Boards (Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil) into a single Board answerable directly to the Cwm Taf Public Services Board.

The priorities of the Cwm Taf Community Safety Partnership are:

  • Improving Quality of Life (Crime Reduction, Anti-Social Behaviour)
  • Tackling Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence
  • Integrated Offender Management
  • Community Cohesion & Contest
  • Reducing Substance Misuse



The Central South Consortium (CSC) is the school improvement service, which operates on behalf of five local authorities: Bridgend, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf and the Vale of Glamorgan.

The CSC aims 'To improve educational outcomes for all pupils, and the outcomes for vulnerable learners fastest. The success of schools in this region is the key to the future economic and social success of Wales. We are improving. We need to do more'.

It's ambition is, by 2020 that:

  • Learners sustain the best educational outcomes in Wales, rivalling similar parts of the UK
  • The poverty-related attainment gap is reduced faster here than anywhere else in Wales
  • The region is known and recognised for its high-quality school-led professional learning and the impact it has on outcomes


The Cwm Taf Safeguarding Adults Board (CTSAB) is the multi-agency partnership which has responsibility for safeguarding adults at risk in Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil. The CTSAB monitors how well agencies and other partnerships carry out their work with regard to safeguarding adults at risk and ensures safeguarding is part of all working practices. 



The Cwm Taf Safeguarding Children Board (CTSCB) is the multi-agency partnership which has responsibility for safeguarding children in Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil. The CTSCB monitors how well agencies and other partnerships undertake their work with regard to safeguarding children and ensures safeguarding is embedded in all working practices.



Based in Pontypridd Police Station, the Cwm Taf Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) is the first point of contact for new safeguarding concerns. 

It has significantly improved the sharing of information between agencies, helping to protect the most vulnerable children and adults from harm, neglect and abuse.  The Cwm Taf MASH comprises of staff from the Social Services, Education, Police, Health, National Probation Service and the Community Rehabilitation Company. 



Vale, Valleys & Cardiff Adoption Collaborative (VVC) brings together the adoption services of the Vale of Glamorgan, Merthyr Tydfil, Cardiff and Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Councils.  The Vale of Glamorgan Council hosts the collaboration, which is one of the five regional collaboratives forming the National Adoption Service in Wales (NAS).



‘RCT Together’ is the Council’s forward-thinking approach to engaging and working together with residents and communities to deliver sustainable services and facilities in the future.  

The 'RCT Together' team works collaboratively with a range of agencies to help co-ordinate appropriate support for those community groups and social enterprises interested in taking responsibility for managing local assets and services. This could include advice on business planning, legal structures, funding, energy efficiency, training and other specialist advice.



Arts Connect is a collaboration between Rhondda Cynon Taf, Vale of Glamorgan and Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Arts Services, the Awen Cultural Trust in Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Trust, and Arts Active in Cardiff.   

Members share their expertise and resources to improve the range and quality of arts experiences on offer, ensuring that arts in Wales contributes to:

  • Emotional wellbeing
  • Improving literacy and numeracy
  • Reducing the impact of poverty
  • The prosperity of Wales, and
  • Creating vibrant, safe and sustainable communities.


[Updated 21 March 2018]


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