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New cabinet system for Powys council

A cabinet system is to be introduced by Powys council, and will come into force in May next year.

It currently operates an alternative management system which is controlled by a chairman and 14 board members.

The council launched a public consultation on the planned changes and asked residents for their views.

The Welsh Assembly Government is introducing new rules, including the removal of the alternative arrangement system from April 2012.

The move will leave just two options for Wales' 22 unitary authorities, a leader and cabinet executive or an elected mayor and cabinet executive.

Under the options, either the leader or publicly elected mayor will appoint a cabinet of up to 10 councillors.

The new set up in Powys will feature a leader and cabinet controlled by the Powys Independent group and Liberal Democrats.

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