RECENTLY there have been reports of a planned major shake-up of local authorities in Wales. The intention being to reduce the number of councils and thus to achieve savings of scale.
Should it go ahead, this will be the third reorganisation of councils in a little more than 40 years. I worked through two of them and will not be sorry to miss the third.
Before 1996 West Glamorgan Council and the other seven county councils had directors of education, highways and social services.
When these eight county councils were abolished they were replaced by the present 22 single-tier authorities.
Each of these appointed directors of education, highways and social services but on salaries substantially higher than those paid to the previous eight post holders. No one seemed to question the economics of this or how it could have been justified.
If savings are to be achieved by a further reorganisation then the elected councillors must take control of the salaries which are paid to chief officers.