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  • 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
  • Andrew Johnson, Special Adviser (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)
  • Gawain Evans, Director Finance (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)
  • Matt Denham-Jones, Deputy Director Financial Control (via video link)
  • Margaret Davies, Deputy Director Strategic Budgeting (via video link)
  • Jo Trott, COVID-19 project team

Item 1: Minutes of the previous meeting

  1. Cymeradwyodd y Cabinet gofnodion y 7 a 11 Mai / Cabinet approved the minutes of 7 and 11 May.

Item 2: Senedd business

  1. Cabinet noted the Plenary grid.
  2. The Minister for Finance and Trefnydd informed Cabinet that adjustments had been made to the Plenary agenda to allow a government debate on Unlocking our Society and Economy – continuing the conversation.
  3. Business Committee had also agreed that Plenary would return to the 60 members after half term recess, but would continue to be held virtually until the government’s public health advice changed significantly. There would be 60 minutes per week of non-government COVID-related business and topical questions. This would begin with opposition party debates and would also include committee debates when they had reported.

Item 3: First Supplementary Budget 2020 to 2021

  1. The Minister for Finance and Trefnydd introduced the paper, which asked Cabinet to approve the First Supplementary Budget of 2020-21.  The primary focus of this budget was on changes related to COVID-19, other alterations would be kept to a minimum. 
  2. The UK government had announced £2.133 billion in consequentials for the Welsh Government, in respect of measures related to COVID-19, however, only £1.856 billion of this had been included in the UK Main Estimates and formally added to the DEL settlement.  
  3. The exercise to repurpose funding from within MEGs to contribute to the COVID-19 response reserve had identified £256 million, which would be reflected in the Supplementary Budget. In addition, there was an assumption that up to £245 million of EU funding could be redirected to support COVID-19 interventions.
  4. The Supplementary Budget would also set out the allocations to MEGs from the COVID-19 response reserve, which to date amounted to £2.383 billion.
  5. Tax forecasts would be revised to reflect the latest estimates published by the Office for Budget Responsibility at the time of the UK Budget in March. While it was expected that the devolved tax revenues would be lower than forecast, it was anticipated that the UK equivalent taxes would also reduce, resulting in changes to the block grant adjustment which would offset the lower tax revenues.
  6. The mminister intended to publish the Supplementary Budget on 27 May, and move it in the Senedd on 24th June. The Budget material would be supported by a comprehensive explanatory note clearly setting out the actions the Government had taken in response to COVID-19. 
  7. Ministers welcomed the paper and recognised the significant amount of work that had been undertaken for this exercise, which in previous years would have been largely procedural.
  8. Cabinet approved the paper.

Cabinet Secretariat 
May 2020

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