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Councils urged to 'look at leadership' in merger process

The man who wrote a report on council reorganisation has urged authorities to examine closely the way they are run as well as their boundaries.

A year ago, Sir Paul Williams had called for the 22 councils to be cut by around half among recommendations about improved leadership and a review of their services.

Since then six authorities - Blaenau Gwent and Torfaen, Bridgend and the Vale of Glamorgan, and Conwy and Denbighshire - had proposed pairing up.

But their proposals were rejected by Public Services Minister Leighton Andrews, who felt the six councils had not set out a "compelling vision" for merger.

Sir Paul told BBC Radio Wales that further delay would "harm" frontline services, but he said there was more to reform than creating larger councils.

  • 29 Jan 2015
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