Councillor David Jenkins
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Carmarthenshire council plans to spend reserves

Moves to cut the number of councils in Wales to single figures have sparked concern that some local authorities may spend reserves ahead of mergers.

One council has told BBC Wales it intends using £20m of its cash before any reorganisation.

Carmarthenshire's head of resources, councillor David Jenkins said he wanted to see the authority's money spent in the authority area.

The Welsh government said councils had to maintain reserves and it would act to halt "irresponsible spending".

  • 31 Dec 2015