Council merger decision due

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.

West Somerset Council Credit: ITV News West Country

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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.