In a submission to the Welsh Government, CIPFA, the
CIPFA has previously estimated that the cost of the merger process could be between
CIPFA examined the capacity of local authorities to fund the process from available reserves, which are meant to safeguard authorities against unknown and known risks. According to figures from CIPFA, these reserves stood at
Commenting on the submission made to the Welsh Government, Head of Devolved Nations at CIPFA,
“Local authorities in
“Council mergers could help Welsh local authorities streamline resources and boost performance. However, it is important that the financial and social benefits of mergers must be compared against upfront costs of reorganisation, which if funded from reserves alone, could reduce the ability of local authorities to protect themselves from future risks.
“By taking stock of the costs in the context of the budgetary pressures, the Welsh Government will be able to fully assess whether plans will ensure the long-term sustainability of services.”