- Rt. Hon. Mark Drakeford MS (Chair)
- Vaughan Gething MS
Via video link
- Rebecca Evans MS
- Julie James MS
- Jeremy Miles MS
- Lesley Griffiths MS
- Eluned Morgan 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)
- Des Clifford, Director General Office of the First Minister
- Carys Evans, Principal Private Secretary to the First Minister (via video link)
- Will Whiteley, Head of 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 Adviser for Education Reform (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)
- Rachel Garside-Jones, Deputy Director, Regional Policy and Investment
- Emma Watkins, Deputy Director, Economic Policy
- Gawain Evans, Director of Finance
- Matt Denham-Jones, Deputy Director Financial Controls
Item 1: Minutes of the previous meeting
- Cabinet approved the minutes of 12 October.
Item 2: Senedd business
- Cabinet considered the Plenary forward schedule and noted that the statement on bus transport, scheduled for Tuesday, would be delivered by the Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport.
- In addition, Standing Orders would be suspended to allow the Debate on the new Coronavirus restrictions to take place. The motion, which had been agreed with Plaid Cymru, would be amendable. It was noted that the Minister for Health and Social Services would open the debate and the First Minister would close.
Item 3: Supplementary budget
- The First Minister introduced the paper, which invited Cabinet to consider proposals for an interim Supplementary Budget.
- Due to the exceptional circumstances surrounding the response to COVID-19, an ‘interim’ Supplementary Budget would be tabled. This would ensure transparency of the funding decisions made to date to respond to the pandemic. It would also increase the level of cash that could be drawn from the Welsh Consolidated Fund.
- The purpose of the Budget was to reflect the further changes that had arisen as a result of the measures taken to respond to the immediate impacts of the pandemic, since the first Supplementary Budget was published in May. It included: allocations from the COVID-19 reserve; consequentials as a result of UK Government announcements in respect of interventions, including the funding ‘guarantee’; and revisions to the Land Transaction Tax forecast and Block Grant Adjustment for Stamp Duty Land Tax arising from the temporary changes to those taxes.
- Allocations from the COVID-19 response reserve, reflected within the Budget, amounted to £1.549bn. This included: £800m to the Health and Social Services MEG for a NHS stabilisation package; £264m to the Housing and Local Government MEG to support Local Authorities for the remainder of this financial year; and £50m to the International Relations & Welsh Language MEG for the Cultural Recovery Fund.
- In addition, £113m would be allocated to the Economy and Transport MEG to ensure train services continued to operate on the Wales and Borders network and £50m would be allocated to the Education MEG to support Welsh University and College students.
- The exercise to reprioritise capital plans had identified almost £50m that could be repurposed, both as a result of slippage due to the pandemic or where the release of funding would have a significant impact. A limited number of allocations had been made from the capital reserve which would be reflected in the Budget. This included £33m to the Health and Social Services MEG for additional ‘surge’ capacity. It was noted that £25m had been returned to the revenue reserve to be ‘switched’ to capital to support this allocation.
- In addition, £30m would be allocated to the Housing and Local Government MEG for the Social Housing Grant; £3m would be added to the International Relations and Welsh Language MEG for the Cultural Recovery Fund; and £3.2m would be directed to the Education MEG to provide digital learning equipment for disadvantaged learners.
- The Supplementary Budget would not reflect the recent changes in Ministerial portfolio responsibilities and a restated position reflecting those changes would be published in due course.
- It was proposed the Second Supplementary Budget would be published the following day and debated in the Senedd on 17 November.
- Cabinet thanked all those involved in preparing the Supplementary Budget and approved the paper.
Item 4: Regional investment in Wales
- The Counsel General and Minister for European Transition introduced the paper on the future of Regional Investment in Wales. It had been jointly tabled with the Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales.
- The EU transition period would end in under 11 weeks, along with all associated EU funding. Therefore, reaching an agreed position in relation to future Regional Investment in Wales was paramount. However, this was dependent on the UK Government meeting its commitment to replace EU funding with the shared prosperity fund.
- Cabinet welcomed the invaluable work done by the Chair of the Ministerial Group, Huw Irranca Davies MS.
- Cabinet agreed the paper.