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Public Services Minister Leighton Andrews has unveiled his plans to shake-up councils in Wales.
It means the 22 local authorities in place now, could be cut to just 8 or 9.
Under proposals, pre-1996 council areas such as Gwent and Dyfed would re-emerge.
Mr Andrews said:
“I want to emphasise this is not a final decision. It is the next phase in discussions.
“Following discussion of these options, we will publish and consult on a draft ‘Mergers and Reform’ Bill in the autumn. This will include further, formal consultation on our proposals for Local Authority mergers and include a Regulatory Impact Assessment.
“It will also provide a formal opportunity for consultation on the Welsh Government’s preference for the future configuration of Local Government in Wales.”
The Public Services Minister also wants to remove the current cap of 75 councillors per authority and make it higher.
The two council models are:
9 Local Authorities
8 Local Authorities