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Carwyn Jones' will have some work to do to build the cross-party consensus he says is needed ahead of any reorganisation of local councils. Opposition parties have criticised the First Minister for failing to make his position clear despite being given the Williams report before Christmas.
Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies said 'the ball is firmly in the court of Carwyn Jones and Welsh Labour.' Plaid Cymru's Simon Thomas said his party will engage with firm proposals but said 'it's not our job to provide political cover for this.' And Welsh Lib Dem Leader Kirsty Williams said
Without a majority, Carwyn Jones would need the support of at least one of the parties for any changes. The Williams Commission says a plan should be in place by Easter. Given the mood of the parties in Cardiff Bay, that's looking optimistic to say the least.
Unison, the union which represents many local council workers, has broadly welcomed the Williams Commission report and it's call for a series of mergers that would halve the number of county and county borough councils in Wales.
The union says that it will study the recommendations and their impact on public sector workers throughout Wales.
The First Minister Carwyn Jones has been giving his reaction to the publication of the Williams Commission, which has recommended cutting the number of councils here in Wales. He says there needs to be cross-party consensus before any reorganisation.
Liberal Democrat spokesman Peter Black has responded to the Williams Commission's report, saying that the Welsh Government should hand additional powers to the proposed larger councils.
Business owner Juliet Luporini was one of the non-political members of the Williams Commission. She told our Political Editor Adrian Masters that she thinks most people want to see the best services possible.
The Welsh Conservatives' Shadow Local Government minister, Janet Finch-Saunders has welcomed the Williams Commission report which calls for a cut in the number of local councils here in Wales.
Paul Williams chaired the commission which has recommended cutting the number of local authorities in Wales from 22 to between 10 and 12. He explained to our Political Editor Adrian Masters how the commission had reached that number.
Plaid Cymru has responded to the Williams Commission report by demanding a decisive response from the Welsh Government.
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