The merger of two Suffolk councils has been approved by their members.
It paves the way for Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District councils to become East Suffolk.
The move aims to save money and help the authorities cope with rapidly decreasing budgets.
The leaders of both councils called the agreement "historic". It is the first merger of two district councils since a major local government reorganisation in 1974.
A written request to merge will now be sent to the government and final ratification of the decision is likely to be made by the Communities Secretary in September.
The two existing councils will then be formally dissolved and elections to the new authority will take place in May 2019.
Vulnerable women in Suffolk are to benefit from £90,000 of government funding.
Waveney District Council is to spend the money on creating more space at its refuge centres for victims of domestic violence.
Over the past two years, the service has helped almost 100 women and 180 children in the county.
The money will help create an additional five spaces in the form of three self-contained refuge accommodation units and two emergency "crash pad" spaces.
People living around the Waveney Valley will get the chance to find out about future plans for the area later today.
The Broads Authority is holding a public forum in Beccles to update people on its work. Suffolk police will also be there to answer questions about boat crime prevention.
It is one of four meetings to take place across the Waveney Valley.
Cllr Colin Law, Leader of Waveney District Council, has issued the following statement in response to the developing weather situation:
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Figures released by the union UNISON have highlighted the worst areas in our region for job seekers. They say that in the East of England, there are 3 people claiming Job Seekers Allowance for every unfilled vacancy.
In Castle Point in Essex though, there are 12 people chasing every advertised job, in Waveney in Suffolk there are 6.9 unemployed people for each available position.
The Union says 37,000 public sector jobs have been lost in the region since the coalition came to power.
Waveney MP Peter Aldous says lengthy handover delays at hospitals is one of the main factors in causing ambulance response times to grow.Mr Aldous spent two evenings with crews from the Waveney depot recently.
He says another factor he discovered was the public calling out ambulances inappropriately when they should have simply been calling their doctors. An increase in demand due to the region's ageing population was another factor.
He has written to the East of England Ambulance Trust with his findings. He has asked for a meeting with the Trust to discuss the issues.
The leader of Waveney District Council, Cllr Colin Law, said he was shocked at the news that Lowestoft Air Show was to end.
Police say they believe the body of a man discovered inside a submerged car at the New Cut near St Olaves is that of Charles Samuel Watson from Henstead.
Formal identification is yet to take place but officers have just confirmed the car recovered from the river earlier today (April 13) is a silver VW Golf.
The 25-year-old was last seen in the early hours of Monday April 9.
The death is being treated as a fatal road traffic collision and officers say there are no suspicious circumstances.
A post mortem will take place next week and the death has been referred to the coroner.
A body has been pulled from a submerged car in the New Cut near to St Olaves.
The body was pulled by police divers earlier today April 13 after the discovery.
Meanwhile, police are still trying to trace Charles Samuel Watson from Henstead who went missing after a stag night in Great Yarmouth earlier this week.
Police have not said if the body discovered is that of the 25-year-old.