A detailed strategic business plan, setting out the benefits of re-shaping local government in Leicestershire has been published.
The draft, 100-page blueprint compares different options and concludes that one, single unitary council - bringing together the eight county and district councils - offers the best opportunity to save money, reduce duplication and protect front line services.
An independent review of the draft strategic business case by Price Waterhouse Coopers says it represents a sound basis for presenting potential savings and planning next steps.
The document will be discussed by the cabinet on Tuesday, 22 October.
If approved, it will be considered by the Scrutiny Commission on 30 October, the cabinet on 22 November and the county council on 4 December.
The full strategic business plan can be viewed on the county council's website.