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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.


Smallest council may be jointly managed by neighbour

West Somerset Council could be jointly managed by its much larger neighbour, Taunton Deane Borough Council. West Somerset Council based in Williton serves just 35,000 people and is England's smallest district authority.

Last night (Monday 4 March 2013), Taunton Deane Borough Council said it would look at plans that could mean joint working between the two authorities.

West Somerset Council's future in doubt

West Somerset Council is so financially stretched that its future is in doubt, according to a confidential report seen by the West Country Tonight.

It says the council, the smallest in the country in terms of population, may not be able to continue providing services for much longer - and should consider merging with a neighbouring authority. Our Somerset correspondent David Woodland reports.