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Welsh council mergers 'could cost £268m', accountants say

The cost of slashing the number of Welsh councils could be as much as £268m, according to an accountants' report for the local authorities. Upfront personnel costs - including redundancies - could reach £158m, with £54m on p...

Super-councils scheme to help keep rates bills down will cost £30m

A £30m scheme to keep rates bills down when large 'super-councils' are formed in April has been announced by Stormont's Finance Minister. Some businesses and householders would have faced "sudden and excessive" increases in their bills...

Welsh councils could be cut to six, Leighton Andrews warns

The number of Welsh councils could be cut to as few as six, the public services minister has warned, as he urges them to seek voluntary mergers. Leighton Andrews has also told local authorities to slash bureaucracy and administration costs as...

Bridgend council votes to move forward with potential merger with the Vale

Bridgend council has voted overwhelmingly to move forward with plans for a proposed voluntary merger with the Vale of Glamorgan. Most members backed chief executive Darren Mepham’s view that the economic, educational and organisationa...

CIO interview: Juggling politics for shared service success

Newham is one of the poorest boroughs in the UK, yet it is pushing forward a digital strategy with the aim of putting two-thirds of all council transactions online. Newham Council originally signed a 10-year deal with Microsoft in 2004, aft...