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Some councils could be forced to merge because of the rising

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That's according Steve Thomas, the Chief Executive

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of the Welsh Local Government Association.

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He says social care costs are expected to double

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in the next 15 years, and already struggling councils

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could work with or merge with others so that they can deliver services.

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Social care is the second-largest service within local government,

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It supports over 125,000 vulnerable people, and employs more

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But according to Steve Thomas, the extra costs of care could be

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too much for councils, which are already struggling.

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With an increasingly ageing population, Mr Thomas

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predicts care costs will double over the next decade.

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He told BBC Wales's Sunday Supplement programme

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will be able to cope will be to merge.

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Costs of social care will double in the next 15 years.

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That is the elephant in the room for us, in

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That is the thing that's going to drive a lot of

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It also crowds up some of the other services.

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So, I think active consideration of either mergers of authorities

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or at least mergers of services will be commonplace

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Last week the Welsh government announced an extra ?10 million

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a year to help ensure the social care sector is strong

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Much of that money will help meet the extra costs associated

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with the introduction of the National living

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Elections will be held in all of Wales's 22 councils in May.

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Whoever wins, councillors will have to grapple with a care sector whose

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costs are spiralling, while the same time trying

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Steelworkers at Tata Works in Port Talbot are being urged

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Plaid Cymru AM Adam Price say the offer is "unacceptable".

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which would mean they accept a less generous pension in return

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The unions say, while respecting Mr Price's opinion,

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it's vital the workforce understands the proposals and maintaining

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steel production has been key to discussions.

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Tata says it can't comment while the consultation

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Ten local authority leaders have backed a key report into the Cardiff

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The proposals aim to create 25,000 jobs

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in South East Wales and include schemes like the South Wales metro.

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From Chepstow up to the heads of the valleys, the Cardiff capital

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region city deal is a plan to grow the economy over the next 20 years.

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Signed in March last year, ?1.2 billion is to be invested

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into public transport and other projects.

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The aim, to create 25,000 jobs and attract a further ?4 billion

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An independent report has found the region could be more prosperous

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and more sustainable if it becomes better connected and

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Now the leaders of the ten local authorities covered by the plan have

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unanimously endorsed the report, saying they accept the need

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to develop a regional economic growth strategy

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But last month concerns were raised that Cardiff councillors may not

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agree to back the plan before the local elections in May.

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The leaders endorsement means that work has now begun

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This will be considered by individual councils, including

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Football, and Cardiff lost 2-1 against Fulham at a poorly

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attended Cardiff City Stadium in the third round of the FA Cup.

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Their manager, Neil Warnock, said the sparse crowd

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was a sign of the FA Cup's declining status.

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Meanwhile, Swansea's new boss, Paul Clement, is planning

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for a busy transfer window at the Liberty Stadium.

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The Swans lost 2-0 yesterday against Hull.

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The Cardiff born actor - Matthew Rhys - is hoping for success

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at the Golden Globes in California this evening.

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He's nominated for best performance for his role as Philip Jennings

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in the TV series The Americans - a 1980s Cold War drama

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Light rain and drizzle likely but it'll stay frost-free.

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Tomorrow morning, rain, heavy in places and strong winds.

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It'll become colder later, with sunny spells and showers.

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And that's it for tonight from the Sunday team

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More in our morning bulletins, but for now,

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Good evening. Rain around for all of us over the next 24-hour. Then it

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will turn colder later on this

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