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Present

  • Rt. Hon. Mark Drakeford MS (Chair)

Via video link

  • Rebecca Evans MS
  • Vaughan Gething 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

Apologies

  • Julie James MS

Officials

  • Shan Morgan, Permanent Secretary (via video link)
  • 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)
  • Albert Heaney, Director Social Services and Integration (via video link)
  • Matthew Jenkins, Deputy Director Partnership and Cooperation (via video link)
  • Rhodri Asby, Deputy Director Circular Economy & Resource Efficiency (via video link)
  • David Warren, Head of Circular Economy Policy Development (via video link)
  • Marion Stapleton, Deputy Director Foundational Economy (via video link)
  • Nick Sullivan, Programme Manager Foundational Economy (via video link)

Item 1: Minutes of the previous meeting

1.1 Cymeradwyodd y Cabinet gofnodion y 26, 27, 29, 30 Tachwedd a’r 2 Rhagfyr/ Cabinet approved the minutes of 26, 27, 29, 30 November and 2 December.

Item 2: Senedd business

2.1 Cabinet discussed the Plenary forward schedule and noted that there may be a need to suspend Standing Orders to accommodate a debate on the outcome of the negotiations between the UK government and the EU on a potential trade deal. It was unlikely that all the stages of the UK Internal Market Bill would be completed by Wednesday, providing sufficient time for the LCM to be debated in the Senedd.

Item 3: Future Structure of Social Care in Wales

3.1 The Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services introduced the paper, which asked Cabinet to agree to consult on proposals to deliver the Government’s vision for social care in Wales. This would be through a national framework and strengthened regional organisation.

3.2 Cabinet had agreed, in July, that further consideration should be given to whether the current means of organising social care would enable an incoming Government to address the fragility within the sector and improve the quality of care. Following widespread engagement with representatives of Local Government, the NHS and the independent sector, the options had been reduced to a more focused set of proposals that balanced stakeholder management with potential impact. There was support for the legislative care framework, but there was also a recognition that the lived experience of care and support recipients did not always meet reasonable expectations. 

3.3 It was proposed that a White Paper should be issued for consultation early in the new year.

3.4 Cabinet welcomed the paper and agreed that the case for change had been clearly made.  It was recognised that the pandemic had raised the profile of care workers.

3.5 Cabinet approved the paper.

Item 4: Any other business

4.1 The First Minister informed Cabinet that they would be receiving an early draft paper later that evening on COVID-19 alert levels to enable Ministers to have an initial discussion the following morning. There would be a formal Cabinet meeting on Wednesday to consider the proposals.

4.2 Wales was the only part of the UK where cases of COVID-19 were increasing, justifying why Ministers needed to introduce further restrictions the previous Friday. In light of the significant rise in cases, Cabinet would need to consider how to approach the review of the current Regulations and whether additional restrictions should be put in place post-Christmas. It was noted that the Technical Advisory Group Report regarding non-pharmaceutical interventions in the pre-Christmas period would be published the following morning.

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