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Present

  • Rebecca Evans AM (Chair)
  • Vaughan Gething AM
  • Lesley Griffiths AM
  • Julie James AM
  • Eluned Morgan AM
  • Kirsty Williams AM
  • Jeremy Miles AM
  • Jane Hutt AM
  • Julie Morgan AM (Item 5)
  • Shan Morgan – Permanent Secretary
  • Des Clifford – Director General Office of the First Minister
  • Carys Evans – Principal Private Secretary to the First Minister
  • Will Whiteley – Head of Cabinet Division
  • Toby Mason – Head of Strategic Communications
  • David Davies – Special Adviser
  • Jane Runeckles – Special Adviser
  • Dan Butler – Special Adviser
  • Sara Faye – Special Adviser
  • Paul Griffiths, Special Adviser
  • Tom Woodward – Special Adviser
  • Christopher W Morgan – Cabinet Secretariat (minutes)
  • Damian Roche – Cabinet Secretariat
  • Andrew Jeffreys – Director Treasury (item 3)
  • Anna Adams – Deputy Director, Head of Tax Strategy Policy & Engagement (item 3)
  • Ceri Witchard – Deputy Director for Land, Nature and Forestry (item 4)
  • Alison Kitchener – Deputy Head Marine & Fisheries Division (item 4)
  • Sue Essex – (external visitor) (item 4)
  • Andrew Goodall – Director General Health and Social Services (item 5) Albert Heaney, Director of Social Services and Integration (item 5)
  • Jonathan Scourfield – Specialist Policy Advisor - Social Care (item 5)

Apologies

  • Mark Drakeford AM
  • Ken Skates AM

Cabinet noted that the Minister for Finance and Trefnydd would be chairing the meeting as the First Minister was unwell.

Item 1: Minutes of the previous meeting

1.1 Cymeradwyodd y Cabinet gofnodion y 4 a’r 6 Tachwedd/ Cabinet approved the minutes of 4 and 6 November.

Item 2: Government Plenary business

2.1 Cabinet noted the contents of the Plenary grid.

Item 3: The development of a strategic approach to tax implementation CAB(19-20)19

3.1 The Minister for Finance and Trefnydd introduced the paper, which asked Cabinet to consider the development of a more strategic approach to the way existing and future taxes would operate in Wales.

3.2 The Tax Policy Framework set out the Welsh Government’s priorities for taxes in Wales, it included criteria that taxes should be clear, stable, progressive and robust. The Framework was also an opportunity to develop a Welsh approach to taxation.

3.3 Fiscal devolution represented a new phase in the devolution process and to realise fully the new powers and deliver a uniquely Welsh approach there was a need to develop agreement across tax collection authorities and Welsh Government.

3.4 To achieve this, there would be a need to work with partners to co-produce a collective agreement that set out expectations from the perspective of people, businesses and other organisations that paid tax in Wales. Whilst it would not be technical guidance, it would provide a point of reference to tax authorities as well as supporting policy makers.

3.5 Officials intended to work closely with the Welsh Revenue Authority, HMRC, and Local Government in Wales to fully explore and develop the principles and issues of a Welsh approach to taxation. The aim was to strike a balance between minimising the burden on people, by making the collection of tax as efficient as possible, while ensuring that everyone still paid the taxes they owed to ensure the delivery of high standard public services. The paper included some potential principles and issues that could be included in the proposed agreement.

3.6 Cabinet approved the paper.

Item 4: Environmental Growth Plan CAB(19-20)14

4.1 The Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs introduced the paper, which asked Cabinet to agree the broad scope and policy intentions for the Environmental Growth Plan (EGP).

4.2 The EGP would be an overarching narrative for action across Welsh Government to deliver a greener Wales. It would set the strategic approach and focus on outcomes.

4.3 Cabinet welcomed the paper and Sue Essex’s engagement in helping to deliver the EGP.

4.4 Cabinet approved the paper.

Item 5: Extending Corporate Parenting across Public Services – Looked After Children CAB(19-20)18

5.1 The Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services introduced the paper, which asked Cabinet to note the programme of work that was being taken across government to support corporate parenting.

5.2 Cabinet approved the paper.

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