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Mark Drakeford AM
Biographical details and ministerial responsibilities of the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government.

Mark was born and brought up in west Wales before moving to Cardiff more than 30 years ago. Since then he has lived in the Pontcanna area of Cardiff. A former probation officer, youth justice worker and Barnardos project leader in Ely and Caerau, he has been a professor of Social Policy and Applied Social Sciences at Cardiff University. Mark has also taught previously at Swansea University.

In the 1980s and 1990s Mark was a Labour Councillor on South Glamorgan County Council, specialising in education issues, including Welsh medium education. Between 2000 and 2010 he worked as the Cabinet’s health and social policy adviser at the Welsh Government, and was latterly head of the First Minister’s political office. He has a 30 year knowledge of the Cardiff West constituency.

Mark became the Assembly Member for Cardiff West in May 2011. He was Chair of the Assembly’s Health and Social Care Committee from July 2011 - March 13 and of the All-Wales Programme Monitoring Committee for European funds from July 2011 – March 13. He was appointed Minister for Health and Social Services in March 2013. He was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government in May 2016.

The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government is responsible for:

  • Provision of strategic financial direction and management of the resources of the Welsh Government
  • Development of a Welsh Treasury function
  • Tax policy including local taxes (Business Rates and Council Tax) as well as devolved taxes
  • Provision of strategic direction for administration and operation in relation to devolved and local taxes, including sponsorship of the Welsh Revenue Authority
  • Publication and consultation on the Welsh Government’s budget proposals
  • Strategic investment decisions in line with the Wales Infrastructure Investment Plan
  • Invest to Save Fund
  • City Deals
  • General oversight of financial accounting and audit
  • In year budget monitoring and management
  • Ensuring value for money and effectiveness of spend across the Welsh Government’s budget
  • Operation and development of the devolved funding settlement and the Statement of Funding Policy
  • Value Wales and the National Procurement Service
  • Oversight and implementation of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act and liaison with the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales
  • The Location Strategy and acquisition, maintenance and disposal of property and other assets
  • The co-ordination of National Statistics and the Census in Wales
  • Chairing the European Advisory Group
  • Policy on and administration of EU structural funds, related programmes except the CAP
  • Strategic approach to the delivery of devolved public services, performance management, digital and data driven transformation, workforce matters, collaboration and public involvement
  • 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;
  • 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 taxation, including Council Tax, non-domestic rates, council tax reduction and the Sponsorship of the Valuation Office Agency and the Valuation Tribunal Service
  • Local Government workforce matters (principally arising from reform) and the sponsorship of the Public Services Staff Commission

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