- Rt. Hon. Mark Drakeford MS (Chair)
Via video link
- Rebecca Evans MS
- Vaughan Gething MS
- Lesley Griffiths MS
- Julie James MS
- Eluned Morgan MS
- Jeremy Miles MS
- Ken Skates MS
- Kirsty Williams MS
- Jane Hutt MS
- Hannah Blythyn MS
- Julie Morgan MS
- Dafydd Elis Thomas MS
- Lee Waters MS
- Shan Morgan, Permanent Secretary (via video link)
- Carys Evans, Principal Private Secretary to the First Minister (via video link)
- Will Whiteley, Deputy Director Cabinet Division
- Toby Mason, Head of Strategic Communications (via video link)
- Jane Runeckles, Special Adviser (via video link)
- Madeleine Brindley, Special Adviser (via video link)
- Alex Bevan, Special Adviser (via video link)
- Dan Butler, Special Adviser (via video link)
- Ian Butler, Special Adviser (via video link)
- Kate Edmunds, 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)
- Gareth Williams, Special Adviser (via video link)
- Mitch Theaker, Special Adviser (via video link)
- Tom Woodward, Special Adviser (via video link)
- Christopher W Morgan, Cabinet Secretariat (minutes)
- Damian Roche, Cabinet Secretariat
- Jonathan Scourfield, Specialist Policy Adviser (via video link)
- Dewi Knight, Specialist Policy Adviser (via video link)
- Tracey Burke, Director General, Education and Public Services (via video link)
- Andrew Goodall, Director General, Health (via video link)
- Andrew Slade, Director General ESNR (via video link)
- Reg Kilpatrick, Director General, COVID-19 Crisis Coordination (via video link)
- Margaret Davies, Deputy Director Strategic Budgeting (via video link)
- Matt Wellington, Strategic Budgeting (via video link)
- Piers Bisson, Director European Transition (via video link)
- Ed Sherriff, Deputy Director European Transition (via video link)
- Helen Lentle, Director Legal Services (via video link)
Item 1: Minutes of the previous meeting
- Cabinet approved the minutes of 7, 9 and 10 December.
Item 2: Senedd business
- Cabinet discussed the Plenary forward schedule and noted that the debate on the end of the Transition Period, which had been scheduled for Tuesday had been changed to an Oral Statement, as the discussions on a potential trade agreement between the UK and EU were continuing. As soon as an outcome was reached, a debate would be scheduled. This may require a suspension of Standing Orders or even a recall of the Senedd.
- It was reported that a debate on the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (School Premises and Further Education Institution Premises) Regulations had been added to the agenda, also for Tuesday.
Item 3: Draft budget package 2021-2022
- The Minister for Finance and Trefnydd introduced the paper, which provided an update on Budget preparations and asked Cabinet to agree the MEG level allocations for 2021-2022.
- Further to the previous discussion on the 2021-22 draft Budget, a small number of additional allocations had been proposed to respond to ‘business as usual’ activities. Combined they amounted to around £15m. There would also be an increase in the higher rate of Land Transaction Tax for additional properties and increase in the threshold for non-residential properties (which would reduce tax for these properties).
- In addition Cabinet agreed a package of £77m revenue of initial covid allocations for inclusion in the draft Budget.
- The intention was to publish the draft Budget the following Monday.
- Cabinet approved the paper.
Item 4: The end of the transition period – preparedness stocktake
- The Counsel General and Minister for European Transition introduced the paper, which asked Cabinet to note the Government’s preparedness for the end of the transition period.
- The negotiations on the UK’s future relationship with the EU were continuing, but the time to secure a trade deal was receding, given that the UK was scheduled to leave the transition period on 31 December.
- A significant programme of work had been underway for some time to help prepare Wales for the end of the transition period. At every stage, the Government had planned for the worst case scenario, a non-negotiated outcome.
- Cabinet noted the paper.