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'Many hundreds' of Carmarthenshire Council jobs to go

The leader of Carmarthenshire County Council has warned that "many hundreds" of jobs will have to be lost at the local authority, due to cuts in the amount allocated to councils in the Welsh Government's Draft Budget.

Carmarthenshire County Council says there are "extraordinarily difficult times ahead."

Council leader Kevin Madge said it will have to save £30m.

It is looking to find members of staff looking to take voluntary redundancy and early retirement, to keep the number of compulsory job losses down.

The Welsh Government has said it has worked with local authorities to cushion the impact of budget cuts.

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Llanelli Council rejects proposal to go it alone

Llanelli Town councillors threw out a proposal for their authority to break away from Carmarthenshire County Council at a meeting last night.

The idea came from the mayor, Winston Lemon, who says Llanelli has been neglected by the larger authority, and radical change was needed to bring in jobs and revive the town centre.

Carmarthenshire: Breakaway plan 'a non-starter'

They could not break away. It would need a complete reorganisation of local government in Wales. The Welsh Government view is that many councils are already too small and hence the reason why they are forcing collaboration. This is a non-starter.

– Mark James, Chief Executive, Carmarthenshire County Council

Town councillors to discuss breakaway

Llanelli Town councillors will this evening discuss a proposal for their authority to break away from Carmarthenshire County Council.

The idea has come from the mayor, Winston Lemon, who says Llanelli has been neglected by the larger authority, and radical change is needed to bring in jobs and revive the town centre.