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WELSH COUNCILS DEBATE INDEPENDENT ASSOCIATION

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The new Welsh local councils are arguing over whether to split from their colleagues in England and declare indepen...
The new Welsh local councils are arguing over whether to split from their colleagues in England and declare independence, reports the Western Mail (p5).

The Assembly of Welsh Counties launched its bid for the founding of a £1m-a-year association designed to influence government ministers and civil servants.

Hugh Thomas, AWC secretary, said his members wanted Wales to be the equal of Scotland and Northern Ireland, which both have their own local authority associations. He believes the organisation, tentatively called the Association of Local Authorities Wales, could grow into an embryo Welsh assembly.

AWC members slated the alternative vision put forward by the Association of District Councils and the Council of Welsh Districts on Monday, the paper reports. The ADC- proposed single association for England and Wales would give little voice to Welsh concerns, they said.
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