Council shake-up to improve public services, Carwyn Jones says
Welsh councils need re-organising to deliver "better public services", the first minister has said.
Carwyn Jones told BBC Radio Wales reform was needed when four of the 22 councils were unable to run their education services due to failings.
Bigger authorities would work more effectively, he said.
"We've got social service departments where people work hard, but if you lose one or two on the sick, or they leave, all of a sudden they can't cover the work they're doing," he told the Jason Mohammad programme on Monday.
"I've had two businesses this week saying 'look, we can't get planning advice upfront from local authorities because they're overworked. They just don't have the people'.
"In years gone by when we had fewer authorities it was easier to to create bigger departments to make sure we had more critical mass."
Mr Jones said the shake-up was "not about having a go at local government", but getting the structure right so that local government became a "real powerhouse" again.