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Councils' services 'could merge'

The leader of Worcester City Council said the authority had to save money

Two councils in Worcestershire could merge in an attempt to save money.

Malvern Hills Council and Worcester City Council have revealed plans to merge their services, which officials have said would help save cash.

They said the plans were only at an early stage and would be put before both councils as a concept in June.

Worcester City Council leader Simon Geraghty said the authorities had to find a way to "balance the books" without cutting frontline services.

Both authorities are Conservative-run.

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