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Council mergers: Ministers don't have a clue, Tories say

The Welsh government has been accused of having no plan for council mergers after voluntary link-ups proposed by six of the 22 authorities were rejected.

Public Services Minister Leighton Andrews said he was "not persuaded" that the councils had set out a "compelling vision" for merger.

The Williams Commission recommended a reduction to between 10 and 12 authorities but Mr Andrews has said some Labour figures think they should be cut to six.

During First Minister's Questions on Tuesday, Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies told Carwyn Jones that the public and thousands of council staff needed to know the government's view.

Mr Jones said he wanted to meet the other party leaders to "move forward" on an agreed map.

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