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WLGA chief says 10 councils body must complement merger

Ten Welsh councils have agreed to work together to create a "combined authority" for south-east Wales to deal with major economic, transport and planning issues.

It comes as so-called city regions already established in England negotiate extra money and new powers from UK ministers.

The councils involved are Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Newport, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Torfaen and the Vale of Glamorgan.

It would means that as one large body it would have better bargaining power and win funding for proposals such as a metro-style transport system.

They could share best practice and become more efficient in providing services.

Councillor Bob Wellington, the leader of the Welsh Local Government Association, said the agreement demonstrates how local councils are exploring innovative new ways of doing business.

But he said some councils - including his own Torfaen - had already put together proposals to merge, and this would have to complement that to have a chance.

  • 10 Dec 2014
  • From the section Wales
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