Decision details

Consideration of the approach to scrutiny of the draft budget

Decision Maker: Children, Young People and Education Committee - Fifth Senedd, Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee - Fifth Senedd, Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee - Fifth Senedd, Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee - Fifth Senedd, Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee - Fifth Senedd, Finance Committee - Fifth Senedd, Health, Social Care and Sport Committee - Fifth Senedd, Petitions Committee - Fifth Senedd, External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee - Fifth Senedd

Status: Recommendations approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Purpose:

The Welsh Government laid its draft budget for 2017-18 (PDF, 298KB) on 18 October 2016.

In July 2016, the Finance Committee launched a public consultation on proposals for the draft budget and these findings fed into evidence sessions on strategic matters within the draft budget during the autumn term.

Other Assembly Committees held separate evidence sessions on more specific matters within the draft budget, which fed into the Finance Committee’s report.

The Committee published a report on its Scrutiny of the Welsh Government Draft Budget 2017-18 (PDF, 2MB) on 29 November 2016. The Welsh Government response (PDF, 411KB) to the Committee’s report was received on 9 January 2017.

The whole Assembly approved the draft budget in Plenary on 6 December 2016. The Welsh Government laid its final budget for 2017-18 (PDF, 237KB) on 20 December 2016, which was also approved by the whole Assembly in Plenary on 10 January 2017.

Evidence Session

Date, Agenda and Minutes

Transcript

Video

1. Welsh Government

Mark Drakeford AM, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government

Margaret Davies, Deputy Director - Strategic Budgeting, Welsh Government

Andrew Jeffreys, Director - Treasury, Welsh Government

19 October 2016

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2. Chwarae Teg and WWF

Natasha Davies, Policy Partner, Chwarae Teg

Anne Meikle, Head of WWF Cymru

Toby Roxburgh, Applied Economics Specialist, WWF UK

03 November 2016

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3. NHS

Vanessa Young, Director of the Welsh NHS Confederation

Gary Doherty, Chief Executive, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (representing all NHS Wales Chief Executives)

Eifion Williams, Director of Finance, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (representing NHS Wales Directors of Finance)

Steve Webster, Director of Finance /Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Cwm Taf University Health Board

03 November 2016

Read transcript of Evidence Session 3

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4. WLGA

Mari Thomas, Finance Policy Officer, Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA)

Jon Rae, Director of Resources, Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA)

Councillor Huw David (Deputy Leader, Bridgend County Borough Council), WLGA Spokesperson for Health and Social Care

Councillor Anthony Hunt (Deputy Leader, Torfaen County Borough Council), WLGA Deputy Spokesperson for Finance and Resources

09 November 2016

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5.

David Robinson, OBE, Senior Advisor, Community Links

Professor Ceri Phillip, Professor of Health Economics, Swansea University

Professor Marcus Longley, Director of the Welsh Institute for Health and Social Care and Professor of Applied Health Policy, University of South Wales

Anita Charlesworth, Director of Research and Economics, Health Foundation

09 November 2016

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6. Welsh Government

Mark Drakeford AM, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government

Margaret Davies, Deputy Director - Strategic Budgeting, Welsh Government

Andrew Jeffreys, Director - Treasury, Welsh Government

17 November 2016

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Decisions:

7.1 The Committee agreed its approach to scrutiny of the Welsh Government Draft Budget for 2017-18.

7.2 The Committee agreed to hold a public consultation on proposals for the draft budget to steer the Committee’s scrutiny, to be held over the Summer Recess.

Publication date: 15/07/2016

Date of decision: 14/07/2016

Decided at meeting: 14/07/2016 - Finance Committee - Fifth Senedd

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