Plans which could have seen two councils in Worcestershire merge in an attempt to save money have been dropped after one side pulled out.
Malvern Hills Council and Worcester City Council had looked at merging their services.
However, the leading Conservative group on the Malvern council has now said it is not prepared to go ahead with it.
No reason was given for the decision in a statement released by the group through the council.
However, it said it wanted to work closer with Worcester and other councils to improve its services.