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Present

  • Rt. Hon. Mark Drakeford AM (Chair – part of meeting*)
  • Rebecca Evans AM (Chair – part of meeting*)
  • Vaughan Gething AM (via video link – part of meeting)
  • Lesley Griffiths AM
  • Julie James AM
  • Eluned Morgan AM
  • Ken Skates AM
  • Kirsty Williams AM
  • Jane Hutt AM
  • Jeremy Miles AM
  • Hannah Blythyn AM
  • Dafydd Elis Thomas AM
  • Julie Morgan AM
  • Shan Morgan, Permanent Secretary
  • Will Whiteley, Head of Cabinet Division
  • Toby Mason, Head of Strategic Communications
  • Jane Runeckles, Special Adviser
  • Madeleine Brindley, Special Adviser
  • Dan Butler, Special Adviser
  • Paul Griffiths, Special Adviser
  • Andrew Johnson, Special Adviser
  • Clare Jenkins, Special Adviser (via video link – part of meeting)
  • Mitch Theaker, Special Adviser
  • Gareth Williams, Special Adviser
  • Christopher W Morgan, Cabinet Secretariat (minutes)
  • Damian Roche, Cabinet Secretariat
  • Andrew Jeffreys, Director Welsh Treasury
  • Jonathan Scofield, Specialist Policy Adviser

Apologies

  • Lee Waters AM

(*the First Minister left the meeting half way through item 2 to attend a COBR meeting.)

Item 1: UK Budget: Implications for Wales

  1. The Minister for Finance and Trefnydd provided Cabinet with an update on the fiscal implications of the UK Budget for Wales and how it would impact on the published plans for 2020-21. It was noted that an update from the Chief Economist, which focused on the OBR’s economic assessment and forecasts, had been circulated to ministers in correspondence.
  2. There would be an extra £360 million for the Welsh Government in 2020-21, of this, £122 million would be for revenue, £239 million for general capital and £3 million earmarked for financial transactions.
  3. With the exception of an extra £40 million to the National Institute for Health and Research and the Department for Health and Social Care, the temporary measures to deal with coronavirus, such as the business rates relief support and the £5 billion fund for public services, did not appear in the Budget. The minister was awaiting clarity from Whitehall on these figures.
  4. The Chancellor had confirmed that the Spending Review would be conducted within the UK government’s current fiscal rules and would conclude in July.
  5. It was noted that the minister intended to provide a statement to the Senedd on the impact of the budget, how the new macroeconomic forecasts were likely to affect devolved tax revenues and the associated block grant adjustments.

Item 2: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

  1. The First Minister informed Cabinet that at COBR on Thursday ministers had discussed further measures to help manage the coronavirus outbreak, such as 7 day isolation proposals and the management of mass gatherings.
  2. The Welsh Government announced on Friday a number of measures, based on advice from medical professionals, which included the suspension of routine out-patient appointments and non-urgent surgical admissions. Wales would also move to routine testing of key workers only.
  3. It was noted that there would be daily press briefings usually led by ministers at 09:30.

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