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Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan leaders react to council merger plans

21 January 2014 Last updated at 10:11 GMT

The leaders of two Welsh councils which could merge under proposals outlined by the Williams Commission say there are lots of questions to be asked about how it would work.

The report published on Monday proposed merging local authorities to reduce numbers from 22 to between 10 and 12.

Two of the councils which could join together if the plans are implemented are the Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff.

Their leaders, Labour's Neil Moore for the Vale and his Labour colleague Heather Joyce in Cardiff, gave their views on the plans on BBC Radio Wales.

A merger in Wales could cost £200m, twice the estimate of the report demanding change, the Welsh Local Government Association has said.

WLGA chief executive Steve Thomas said there was no evidence the last council reorganisation created major savings.

But the commission estimated this latest shake-up could save £60m to £80m per year after an upfront £100m cost.

Council mergers 'could cost £200m'

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