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Local boundary mess-up shows lack of joined-up thinking by Labour

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have criticised Labour Ministers for wasting public money by scrapping several council ward boundary reviews, ahead of their botched council merger plans.

The Minster for Public Services announced today that he would not implement electoral reviews for Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Conwy, Denbighshire, Gwynedd, Monmouthshire, Pembrokeshire and Torfaen at all, with another review in Powys not being put in place until 2020 at the earliest.

The scrapping of these reviews means thousands of pounds have gone down the drain. The news comes after Welsh Liberal Democrats revealed that over £130,000 was wasted on the Williams Commission, with the map it drew up having been ignored by Labour Ministers.

Peter Black AM, the Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Local Government Minister, said:

“I’m simply baffled as to how it’s taken Labour so long to realise these reviews are unnecessary.

“The last of these reviews finished in 2014. If Labour Ministers had got their act together sooner and halted these reviews once they’d decided to reorganised local government, we could have saved thousands of pounds for the public purse and avoided an ultimately unnecessary piece of work.

“Labour’s whole council reorganisation has been a fiasco since the beginning, with a botched process and money wasted left, right and centre. If they can’t even get this right, why should we trust Labour with running our nation any longer?”

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