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Agenda and minutes

Venue: Committee Room 2 - Senedd

Contact: Sarah Beasley 

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Transcript

1.

Introductions, apologies and substitutions

Minutes:

1.1 The Chair welcomed Members and members of the public to the meeting.

 

(9.00 - 9.45)

2.

Scrutiny of Welsh Government 2015-2016 draft budget - Evidence session from the Minister for Finance and Government Business and the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty

Jane Hutt AM, Minister for Finance and Government Business

Lesley Griffiths AM, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty

Jo Salway, Deputy Director, Strategic Budgeting

Amelia John, Head of Fairer Futures Division

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

2.1 The Committee received evidence from:

Jane Hutt AM, Minister for Finance and Government Business and

Lesley Griffiths AM, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty

 

2.2 The Minister for Finance and Government Business agreed to provide:

  • minutes of all past meetings held by the Budget Advisory Group for Equality (BAGE);
  • the minutes of their forthcoming meeting with the BAGE on 23 October, the purpose of which is to discuss the draft budget.

(9.45 - 11.15)

3.

Scrutiny of Welsh Government 2015-2016 draft budget - Evidence session from the Minister for Public Services

Leighton Andrews AM, Minister for Public Services

Reg Kilpatrick, Director, Local Government

Debra Carter, Deputy Director, Local Government Finance & Performance

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.1 The Committee received evidence from Leighton Andrews AM, Minister for Public Services.

 

3.2 The Minister for Public Services agreed to provide:

  • a list of the resources put in place to support areas of activity as part of the Welsh Government’s prevention work in relation to sustainability and the Welsh language;
  • a note on the Welsh Government’s position on the preventative measures in order to best target those most at risk of fire death and injury.

4.

Motion under Standing Order 17.42 (vi) to resolve to exclude the public from the meeting for the following business: items 5 and 6

Minutes:

4.1 The Committee agreed the motion.

(11.15 - 11.25)

5.

Scrutiny of Welsh Government 2015-2016 draft budget: discussion of evidence sessions 1 and 2

Minutes:

5.1 The Committee discussed the evidence.

(11.25 - 12.00)

6.

Gender-based Violence, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Bill: discussion of key issues

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

6.1 The Committee discussed the key issues for inclusion in its report.

 

(13.00 - 14.30)

7.

Scrutiny of Welsh Government 2015-2016 draft budget - Evidence session from the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty

Lesley Griffiths AM, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty

Kate Cassidy, Director, Communities & Tackling Poverty

John Howells, Director of Housing and Regeneration

Peter Jones, Head of Finance, Local Government and Communities

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

7.1 The Committee received evidence from Lesley Griffiths AM, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty.

 

7.2 The Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty agreed to provide:

  • a note which highlights the 19-20 key performance indicators for Communities First, including the outcomes for the indicators and for the Communities First investment. The note will also clarify how the Minister structures key performance indicators, for the Committee’s reference.
  • a note with specific examples and demonstrations of how Communities First activities are improving the lives of those involved in their work;
  • a note to on the Houses into Homes scheme, to consider the inclusion of house buyers who have the intention of renovating a property to reside in themselves, rather than to let or sell the property;
  • if available, a note of evaluation for the marketing scheme led by North Wales’ Credit Union, which targeted middle to high-income earners;
  • the figures for the people who receive custodial sentences as a result of debt.

(14.30 - 15.30)

8.

Scrutiny of Welsh Government 2015-2016 draft budget - Evidence session from the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism

Ken Skates AM, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism

Huw Brodie, Director of Culture & Sport

Huw Davies, Head of Finance, Culture & Sport

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

8.1 The Committee received evidence from Ken Skates AM, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism.

 

8.2 The Deputy Minister agreed to provide:

  • A note on the expected outcomes provided to organisations in the annual remit letters, and the organisations’ progress against these outcomes;
  • A note on the changes to the commissioning procedure for the Welsh Books Council.

9.

Papers to note

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

9.1 The Committee noted the papers.

10.

Motion under Standing Order 17.42 (vi) to resolve to exclude the public from the remainder of the meeting and from items 1 and 2 of the meeting on 23 October 2014

Minutes:

10.1 The Committee agreed the motion.

(15.30 - 15.40)

11.

Scrutiny of Welsh Government 2015-2016 draft budget: discussion of evidence sessions 3 and 4

Minutes:

11.1 The Committee discussed the evidence.

 

 

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