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Present

  • Rt. Hon. Mark Drakeford MS (Chair)
  • Vaughan Gething MS

Via video link

  • Rebecca Evans MS
  • Lesley Griffiths MS
  • Julie James MS
  • Eluned Morgan MS
  • Ken Skates MS
  • Kirsty Williams MS
  • Jeremy Miles MS
  • Jane Hutt MS
  • Hannah Blythyn MS
  • Julie Morgan MS
  • Lee Waters MS
  • Dafydd Elis Thomas MS
  • Shan Morgan, Permanent Secretary (via video link)
  • Des Clifford, Director General Office of the First Minister
  • Andrew Goodall, Director General Health
  • Will Whiteley, Head of Cabinet Division
  • Carys Evans, Principal Private Secretary First Minister
  • Jane Runeckles, Special Adviser (via video link)
  • Dan Butler, Special Adviser (via video link)
  • Ian Butler, Special Adviser (via video link)
  • Sara Faye, Special Adviser (via video link)
  • Paul Griffiths, Special Adviser (via video link)
  • Clare Jenkins, Special Adviser (via video link)
  • Andrew Johnson, Special Adviser (via video link)
  • Dewi Knight, Specialist Adviser for Education Reform (via video link)
  • Mitch Theaker, Special Adviser (via video link)
  • Gareth Williams, Special Adviser (via video link)
  • Christopher W Morgan, Cabinet Secretariat (minutes)
  • Damian Roche, Cabinet Secretariat
  • Jonathan Scourfield, Specialist Policy Adviser (via video link)
  • Andrew Jeffreys, Director Welsh Treasury (via video link)
  • Tim Render, Director COVID-19 team (via video link)
  • Liz Lalley, COVID-19 team (via video link)
  • Peter McDonald, COVID-19 team (via video link)
  • Gareth Bevington, COVID-19 team (via video link)
  • Clare Severn, Head of Building Safety Programme (via video link)
  • Francois Samuel, Head of Building Regulations Policy (via video link)

Item 1: Minutes of the previous meeting

  1. Cymeradwyodd y Cabinet gofnodion y 18 Mai / Cabinet approved the minutes of 18 May.

Item 2: Senedd business

  1. It was noted that a Statement from the Minister for Education had been added to the Plenary agenda for Wednesday.
  2. An annulment motion, tabled by Suzy Davies MS, on The Local Government (Coronavirus) (Postponement of Elections) (Wales) Regulations 2020 would be debated the following week.

Item 3: Reforming the system – Safer buildings in Wales

  1. The Minister for Housing and Local Government introduced the paper, which asked Cabinet to consider the proposed scope of reforms to improve the systems that supported the design, construction and occupation of high rise residential buildings in Wales.
  2. In the immediate aftermath of Grenfell, which happened almost 3 years ago, the primary focus had been on aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding systems that had been implicated in the propagation of the fire. The Hackett Review and the Welsh Government Building Safety Expert Group had subsequently identified that building safety issues were well beyond non-compliant ACM. It was concluded that the existing system was flawed and required comprehensive legislative and cultural change.
  3. Where possible, the Welsh Government had already made improvements, such as changes to building regulations that related to combustible cladding.
  4. Legislative reforms would need to be taken forward in a comprehensive programme to ensure that building safety was not compromised. The white paper, which was planned for later in the year, would set out the full scope of the programme across all aspects of the building life cycle.
  5. It was proposed that the position paper, setting out an overview of reformed fire and building safety regimes would be published to coincide with the 3rd anniversary of the Grenfell fire.
  6. Ministers noted that the budget in 2020-21 for building safety had been reallocated to help combat the impact of COVID-19.
  7. Cabinet approved the paper and noted that there would be further discussions on the nature of the publication of the building safety position paper.

Item 4: Any other business

  1. Cabinet noted the importance of maintaining a consistent response to requests to allow sporting activities. The risk of individual activities might be low, but collectively they may have a significant impact on transmission rates.

Cabinet Secretariat
June 2020

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