Councils to merge

Two councils in Somerset are to merge management to save money. At separate meetings, West Somerset District Council based in Williton and Taunton Deane Borough Council voted in favour of the deal.

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Councils to merge management

West Somerset District Council and Taunton Deane Borough Council will merge management to save almost £2m a year. Credit: ITV News West Country

Two councils in Somerset are to merge management to save money.

At separate meetings tonight, West Somerset District Council based in Williton and Taunton Deane Borough Council voted in favour of the deal which will see savings of almost £2m a year.

Opponents fear it'll mean dozens of job cuts.

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Council in crisis

Crisis talks have been held over the future of West Somerset Council. It's the smallest local authority in England and leaders believe it can no longer afford to stand alone.

Members have been discussing ways of ensuring its survival. Richard Lawrence has been at the meeting in Williton.

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