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Time to slim down.

IF the view is that Wales will trail England without elected mayors this could be an opportunity to slim down our 22 local authorities, which became surplus to requirements once the Assembly was elected.

We have the highest number of councillors, per head of population, of anywhere in the UK, thanks to Lord Hunt's wasteful re-organisation prior to devolution.

As Greater Manchester, Liverpool and West Midlands each have populations of a similar size to Wales the administrations of their elected mayors will resemble the Welsh Assembly, in terms of devolution of power from Westminster, their elected mayors will be in a similar position as the Leader of our Assembly, but they will not have to contend with our extravagant number of councillors who could be replaced by an elected mayor for each town and city working with council officers and their constituency AM.

Margaret Phelps Penarth

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Aug 13, 2016
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