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Reform of local authorities and public services in Wales, 20/01/14 [W]

The number of local authorities in Wales should be reduced to save money and avoid duplication, a report by the Commission on Public Service Governance and Delivery has concluded.

The Commission, established in April 2013 by the First Minister and chaired by Sir Paul Williams, was asked to examine all aspects of public services in Wales and making recommendations on their future direction.

There are currently 22 local authorities in Wales, and the report has reccomended merging them along existing boundary lines to options of either 10, 11 or 12 new local authority areas.

The report says that is for wide-ranging changes are needed in Wales to make public services sustainable in the future.  The reforms should improve the management of, and reduce the complexity of public service provision in Wales. The programme of change should be initiated immediately and would take between 3 and 5 years to impliment in full.

You can find out more and download the full report from the Welsh Government website.