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Council merger clarity call as deadline approaches

Local councils have called for clarity on how many authorities the Welsh government wants and how a proposed merger shake-up will be paid for.

The call came as a deadline of Friday midnight for the 22 authorities to suggest voluntary mergers approached.

Ministers want to cut the number of councils to between 10 and 12, urging councils to name preferred partners.

But the councils said a suggestion that the ultimate target could be as few as six has created ambiguity.

Bethan Lewis reports.

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