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Alun Davies AM

Alun Davies AM
Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Public Services.

Alun was born in Tredegar and went to Tredegar Comprehensive School followed by the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth where he read Politics. He was elected President of National Union of Students Wales. He first worked as a campaigner on environmental issues for the World Wide Fund for Nature, and later as a poverty campaigner for Oxfam.

Alun worked as public and corporate affairs manager for Hyder which combined Wales' main utilities. He was Head of Public Affairs at the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, and later became Director of Corporate Affairs for S4C. In 2004 he established Bute Communications, his own public affairs consultancy.

On 13 May 2011 Alun was appointed Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and European Programmes. Between 14 March 2013 and 8 July 2014 Alun was Minister for Natural Resources and Food. Alun was appointed Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language on 19 May 2016.

Alun was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Public Services on 3 November 2017.

Minister's Responsibilities

  • Structural, democratic, financial and constitutional reform of Local Authorities, including co-ordination of regional delivery models and their coherence with Local Government Reform
  • The Local Government Partnership Council
  • Local Government constitutional matters, scrutiny arrangements, cabinets, elected mayors, the role of councillors, their diversity, conduct and remuneration
  • Local Government electoral arrangements, sponsorship of the Local Democracy and Boundary Commission for Wales and the timing of Local Authority elections
  • Local Government finance policy and the un-hypothecated funding of Local Authorities and Police and Crime Commissioners through the Local Government revenue and capital settlements 
  • Financial governance, financing and accounting relating to Local Government 
  • Local Government workforce matters (principally arising from reform) and the sponsorship of the Public Services Staff Commission
  • Workforce Partnership Council
  • Oversight of audit, inspection and regulation as they relate to public services, including the organisational arrangements for Health Inspectorate Wales and the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales
  • The Voluntary Sector and Volunteering
  • The Valleys Taskforce and Programme
  • Lead responsibility for monitoring Post Office and Royal Mail matters in Wales
  • Crime and Justice policy, including Youth Justice
  • Community Safety, including relations with the Police and Crime Commissioners, Police and other Criminal Justice Agencies, civil contingencies, resilience and counter-terrorism issues 
  • The Fire and Rescue Services including community fire safety
  • Lead on policy in relation to the Armed Forces in Wales and Veterans