Present (via Teams)
- Rt. Hon. Mark Drakeford MS (Chair)
- Rebecca Evans MS
- Vaughan Gething MS
- Lesley Griffiths MS
- Julie James MS
- Eluned Morgan MS
- Jeremy Miles 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
- Des Clifford, Director General Office of the First Minister
- Carys Evans, Principal Private Secretary to the First Minister
- Will Whiteley, Deputy Director Cabinet Division
- Toby Mason, Head of Strategic Communications
- Jane Runeckles, Special Adviser
- Madeleine Brindley, Special Adviser
- Alex Bevan, Special Adviser
- Dan Butler, Special Adviser
- Ian Butler, Special Adviser
- Kate Edmunds, Special Adviser
- Sara Faye, Special Adviser
- Paul Griffiths, Special Adviser
- Clare Jenkins, Special Adviser
- Andrew Johnson, Special Adviser
- Gareth Williams, Special Adviser
- Mitch Theaker, Special Adviser
- Tom Woodward, Special Adviser
- Christopher W Morgan, Cabinet Secretariat (minutes)
- Damian Roche, Cabinet Secretariat
- Jonathan Scourfield, Specialist Policy Adviser
- Dewi Knight, Specialist Policy Adviser
- Tracey Burke, Director General, Education and Public Services
- Andrew Goodall, Director General, Health
- Andrew Slade, Director General ESNR
- Reg Kilpatrick, Director General, COVID-19 Crisis Coordination
- Andrew Jeffreys, Director Treasury
- Gawain Evans, Director of Finance
- Matt Denham-Jones, Deputy Director Financial Controls
- Neil Hemington, Head of Planning
- John Fudge, Head of Planning Policy
- Simon Brindle, Recovery and Restart Director
- Catrin Sully, Cabinet Office
- Andrew Granville, Senior Delivery Manager
Item 1: Minutes of the previous meeting
1.1 Cymeradwyodd y Cabinet gofnodion y 1 Chwefror / Cabinet approved the minutes of 1 February.
Item 2: Senedd business
2.1 Cabinet considered the Plenary forward schedule and noted that the Committee of the Whole House would begin at 1pm on Tuesday for consideration of Stage two amendments to the Welsh Elections (Coronavirus) Bill. Questions to the First Minister would follow immediately afterwards. Voting time was expected around 8:45pm that day.
2.2 Plenary was scheduled to start at 1pm on Wednesday to consider Stage three amendments to the Renting Homes (Amendment) (Wales) Bill. The Oral Question sessions to Ministers would follow immediately afterwards and Stages three and four of the Welsh Elections (Coronavirus) Bill would be the last items of business that day.
Item 3: Third Supplementary Budget 2020-21
3.1 The Minister for Finance and Trefnydd introduced the paper, which asked Cabinet to approve the Third Supplementary Budget of 2020-21.
3.2 Further to the discussion at Cabinet the previous week, sufficient information had been received from the UK Treasury to enable the Welsh Government to publish the Third Supplementary Budget on 16th February.
3.3 The UK Government had postponed publication of its Supplementary Estimates until 22nd February, at the earliest. However, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury had provided some clarity in respect of the position on flexibilities available. Unfortunately, despite repeated requests, the UK Treasury had not agreed to the full range of flexibilities jointly requested by the Devolved Governments, but it was permitting carry-over of additional funding provided in the Supplementary Estimates that exceeded the £5.2bn guarantee.
3.4 The scale of adjustments this year were unprecedented as the Welsh Government continued to respond to the pandemic and exit from the EU. There was likely to be considerable interest in the content of this Budget, as over £1.4bn of agreed allocations was expected to be ratified. This included: £318m for the reconstruction package; £490m for the Economic Resilience Fund; and £140m for the firebreak lockdown.
3.5 All usual documentation required under legislation and the Senedd’s Standing Orders was being prepared. The Explanatory Note would provide further details of the changes and highlight the transparent approach of the Welsh Government.
3.6 Ministers welcomed the additional support for the National Museum Wales and the National Library of Wales, to help ensure the long term stability of both institutions.
3.7 Cabinet approved the paper and noted that the Third Supplementary Budget would be published on 16th February and moved in the Senedd on 9th March.
Item 4: Future Wales: The National Plan CAB(20-21)61
4.1 The Minister for Housing and Local Government introduced the paper, which asked Cabinet to agree publication of ‘Future Wales: the National Plan’.
4.2 Preparations had commenced in 2016, and following a detailed programme of engagement, consultation and scrutiny, the Government was at a stage to publish the first 20 year development plan for Wales. On publication, this would be the first plan of its kind in the UK.
4.3 It demonstrated the Government’s commitment to those long term reconstructive actions that would be required to create a greener, more productive and fairer Wales, in line with Planning legislation, the Well-being of Future Generations Act and the challenges and priorities of the COVID-19 reconstruction programme.
4.4 Future Wales was intended to provide the Framework for actions the Government would need to take now and over the next twenty years to support existing and future policies. It set out a spatial strategy that identified, at a high level, how Wales should grow and change within that timeframe. This Framework would help deliver the infrastructure to support green growth and ensure that as places changed, natural resources were managed sustainably.
4.5 Future Wales would also have an important role in helping to determine Developments of a National Significance and will provide the context for action by others, such as Local Government. It was complementary to the provisions with the Local Government and Elections (Wales) Act, particularly in relation to the operation of the Corporate Joint Committees and greater regional working.
4.6 The overarching outcomes and spatial strategy had been directly shaped by a broad range of Government policies. The economic, transport, decarbonisation, housing, health, energy, marine, digital, regeneration and environmental policies had all contributed to the development of 11 outcomes and a single spatial strategy to help deliver them. The emerging regional work, the steps needed to support reconstruction from COVID-19, managing the ongoing impact of Brexit, and the actions to support the rural areas of Wales, had all influenced the spatial approach within Future Wales.
4.7 Cabinet approved the paper.
Item 5: Shaping Wales’ Future: Delivery of Future Trends, National Milestones and National Indicators
5.1 The Deputy Minister and Chief Whip introduced the paper which outlined the next steps in terms of the Delivery of Future Trends, National Milestones and National Indicators.
5.2 The delivery of the Future Trends report and development of National Indicators and National Milestones were important parts of the Government’s responsibilities under the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act.
5.3 In the past, development of the indicators, milestones and the Future Trends Report had been taken forward separately. However, there was now an opportunity to develop them as an integrated set of proposals ensuring that the milestones were set in the context of the data collected on the indicators and emerging future trends. This would also make the development work more efficient by streamlining the engagement with stakeholders and public bodies. The consolidated plan, which included an ambitious timetable for developing and publishing National Milestones in 2021, had been included with the paper.
5.4 The Well-being of Future Generations Act requires Welsh Ministers to set National Milestones, which are in effect long term targets against the indicators. The Government had previously indicated that they would be in place by 2021. Cabinet endorsed the timetable set out in the paper to achieve delivery of milestones this year.
5.5 Cabinet approved the paper.