Having said that it would not go in for a comprehensive reorganisation of local government, it now seems that Carwyn Jones's dithering administration is inching towards a major shake-up. One of the strongly rumoured changes will be a merger of Ceredigion and Powys to create a gigantic rural council.
The last round of local elections was in 2012, and voters would normally have headed back to the polls in 2016. Thanks to a decision by Carl Sargeant, the date was pushed back by a year to 2017 in order to avoid holding elections to the Senedd at the same time. The Senedd elections themselves have been delayed by a year to avoid a clash with the Westminster general election.
Now it seems that there may be a further one-year delay to 2018 while the government reshuffles the local authority pack.
Good news for rotten councils everywhere which will not have to face disgruntled voters for six years.