A decision is expected today on a proposed merger between two Somerset councils. Taunton Deane and the much smaller West Somerset could combine in a move that would save more than £1.5million a year. But opponents fear a merger could lead to dozens of job cuts.
Councillors in West Somerset meet this afternoon to discuss the authority's financial future, amid warnings it could go bust. They will consider whether to collaborate with neighbouring councils or simply commission all services from other bodies.