- Rt. Hon. Mark Drakeford MS (Chair)
Via video link
- Rebecca Evans MS
- Vaughan Gething 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, 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)
- John Howells, Director Climate Change, Energy and Planning (via video link)
- Christine Wheeler, Deputy Director, Decarbonisation and Energy (via video link)
- Andrew Jeffreys, Director Treasury (via video link)
- Margaret Davies, Deputy Director Strategic Budgeting (via video link)
- Matthew Wellington, Strategic Budgeting (via video link)
Item 1: Minutes of the previous meeting and revised terms of reference
- Cymeradwyodd y Cabinet gofnodion y 23 Tachwedd / Cabinet approved the minutes of 23 November.
Item 2: Senedd business
- Cabinet discussed the Plenary forward schedule and noted that the LCM on the Internal Market Bill had been postponed until 8th December and this had been replaced by a Statement from the First Minister on the Coronavirus Restrictions in December.
Item 3: Budget Paper CAB(20-21)14
- The Minister for Finance and Trefnydd introduced the paper, which asked Cabinet to approve the MEG level allocations to inform the 2021-22 Draft Budget.
- The previous week the Chancellor of the Exchequer had presented the outcome of the UK government’s Spending Review and its spending plans for 2021-22 to the UK Parliament. This resulted in an increase to the Welsh Government’s Revenue Departmental Expenditure Limit of £694 million for the next financial year, an increase of 4.6%. In broad terms, the increase in revenue equated to the higher end of the Welsh Government’s planning scenario, allowing the Government to meet the previously agreed priorities of Health and Local Government. However, the scope to allocate funding to other areas would be constrained.
- The indicative allocations set out within the paper were aimed at maximising the available funding to demonstrate, in the fight against the pandemic, the government was using the resources available to protect public health and jobs, build a greener future and make changes for a more equal Wales.
- Whilst the Welsh Government did not agree with the UK government’s policy of a pay freeze for public sector workers, there were no funds available within the settlement to provide an uplift in Wales.
- There were also difficult decisions on replacement EU funding. The UK government had not met its previous commitment to replace such funding in full.
- Cabinet welcomed the paper and recognised the importance of impact assessments.
- It was felt that the UK government had betrayed the agriculture sector in Wales with its decision not to provide full replacement funding for CAP. Discussions were continuing with UK ministers in an attempt to secure the additional resources in respect of the Pillar transfer that was agreed earlier in the year.
- Cabinet approved the paper.