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The merger of local authorities in Wales should not have any ‘unintended consequences’ on the delivery of affordable homes, CIH Cymru has warned.
Plans to create a new ‘super district’ council for East Suffolk have been backed by both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
Two Suffolk district councils have put their merger plans on hold after the county council ordered a review into the structure of local government.
Two Somerset councils have been given ministerial approval to merge together to form one new single council.
Two Somerset councils have backed plans to dissolve both existing councils and create a single new one.
Wales’ government should stop ‘hectoring’ councils and apologise for past approach to reform, the local government minister said as he outlined a new approach.
Christchurch Borough Council has warned it could take legal action if the Government forces it to merge with Bournemouth and Poole councils.
Communities Secretary Sajid Javid yesterday announced he was ‘minded’ to support two locally-led proposals for merging district councils in Somerset and Suffolk.
Council leaders have put forward ‘ambitious’ proposals to create a single council for West Suffolk in a move they hope will ‘drive prosperity’ in the region.
Councils will be unable to cover the costs of voluntary mergers in Wales using their reserves, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance (CIPFA) has warned.