Results 1–20 of 6000 for speaker:Rebecca Evans

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Cabinet Office: The Independent Commission on the Constitutional Future of Wales (19 Jun 2024)

Rebecca Evans: To just begin by reassuring my colleague that I am absolutely giving this the priority it deserves within my portfolio, one of the first things that I did was to seek those meetings with the former co-chairs of the commission, Professor Laura McAllister and Bishop Rowan Williams, to discuss the issues arising from their report. I've also met with Gareth Williams, who chaired the commission's...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Cabinet Office: The Independent Commission on the Constitutional Future of Wales (19 Jun 2024)

Rebecca Evans: Having endorsed the commission's recommendations in full, we allocated additional resources to this important agenda in the 2024-25 budget. Preparatory work is well under way, and I will keep the Senedd updated on key developments.

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Cabinet Office: Prudential Borrowing Powers (19 Jun 2024)

Rebecca Evans: Yes. So, we continue to make the case for prudential borrowing. We think it's not only important to give us the flexibility that we need to invest in infrastructure, but also to give this Senedd the opportunity to take a view and to vote through and to agree those borrowing plans as well. So, I think that there's an important point there. We're also really keen, at least in the first...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Cabinet Office: Prudential Borrowing Powers (19 Jun 2024)

Rebecca Evans: I continue to make the case to the UK Government for increased borrowing powers for Wales. The Welsh Government has long supported a move to prudential borrowing. This would provide a more appropriate level of flexibility and enable this Senedd to approve the Welsh Government's borrowing levels, rather than HM Treasury.

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Cabinet Office: Legal Aid (19 Jun 2024)

Rebecca Evans: So, I look forward to having those further discussions in relation to the future devolution of justice here in Wales, and I think that the absence—as it is at the moment—of funding for legal aid certainly demonstrates one of the reasons. However, given the finance aspect of my portfolio, I am really keen that, when we have further things devolved to Wales, they're absolutely devolved with...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Cabinet Office: Legal Aid (19 Jun 2024)

Rebecca Evans: The Commission on Justice in Wales identified that access to justice is, as you suggested, really severely compromised following the cuts that were introduced under legal aid, and, of course, UK Government is responsible for legal aid, but we recognise the gap that there is and the impact that that's having on people. So, through our single advice fund, we're able to provide support, and £11...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Cabinet Office: Legal Aid (19 Jun 2024)

Rebecca Evans: We agree with the commission's finding that legal aid funding cuts threaten the existence of traditional high-street law firms, and that people are now forced to represent themselves in civil and criminal courts. This often results in unjust outcomes, inefficient use of court resources and additional pressures on other public services.

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Cabinet Office: Grants Administration (19 Jun 2024)

Rebecca Evans: This is a really important issue, and I've taken a lot of interest in grant administration since I came into portfolio. We of course now have our Welsh Government grants centre of excellence, which is always looking to support officials here to find ways to improve the grants process to be more efficient and effective, but also we want to use that centre of excellence's expertise and...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Cabinet Office: Grants Administration (19 Jun 2024)

Rebecca Evans: As part of developing and delivering any Welsh Government grant scheme, grant managers consider how schemes would be administered to ensure the purpose of the grant funding is effective and as efficient as it can be. Administration arrangements should be proportionate and appropriate to the level of risk.

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Cabinet Office: Visitor Levy (19 Jun 2024)

Rebecca Evans: Well, the first thing to do is to recognise the concerns of the sector, particularly the Wales Tourism Alliance. And, as I say, I've met with them. I'm in frequent correspondence with the WTA, but they are also very much engaged with the monthly meetings that we have, in terms of working through the practicalities of what a visitor levy might look like here in Wales. It's also important to...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Cabinet Office: Visitor Levy (19 Jun 2024)

Rebecca Evans: I have met with the Wales Tourism Alliance and other stakeholders on several occasions about the visitor levy, through consultation events and the visitor economy forum. Officials meet monthly with stakeholders from the tourism industry, including the Wales Tourism Alliance, to discuss the implementation of a visitor levy.

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Cabinet Office: Youth Homelessness (19 Jun 2024)

Rebecca Evans: So, again, that would probably be a question best asked to my colleague the Minister for housing, but I'll absolutely recognise the important messages that you've given there in respect of the importance of understanding neurodiversity and the importance of ensuring that staff are appropriately trained to communicate with people who are neurodiverse. And, equally, ensuring that young people...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Cabinet Office: Youth Homelessness (19 Jun 2024)

Rebecca Evans: We are committed to ending all forms of homelessness and are investing almost £220 million in homelessness prevention and support services this year. This includes over £7 million specifically targeted at early identification of youth homelessness and assistance to help young people develop the life skills to live independently.

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Cabinet Office: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople (19 Jun 2024)

Rebecca Evans: I don't think anyone's under any illusions—any new Government is going to be inheriting an extremely difficult situation, and still dealing with the fallout of Liz Truss's disastrous mini budget, for example. That's one of the reasons I'm so pleased to see the Labour manifesto including a commitment not to undertake a large fiscal event without having up-to-date Office for Budget...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Cabinet Office: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople (19 Jun 2024)

Rebecca Evans: I had the opportunity to meet with the shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury this morning and we were talking about what happens following a potential change in the UK Government. What are the top priority areas that we want to have really early discussions on? And the future of EU funding, as we still call it, was absolutely up there as one of the things that we need to be having those...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Cabinet Office: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople (19 Jun 2024)

Rebecca Evans: My understanding is that which the leader of the UK Labour Party presented to our Welsh Labour conference, when he said powers would be restored to the Senedd and to the Welsh Government. So, we absolutely expect to be taking the decisions in respect of the allocation of funding in future. It's important to recognise that, prior to the situation we find ourselves in now, where it's Whitehall...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Cabinet Office: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople (19 Jun 2024)

Rebecca Evans: So, just to be clear, the purpose of council tax reform is not about hiking bills for people across Wales, it's about making sure that council tax is fairer. Council tax at the moment is based on property values from decades ago, and I think that all of us would recognise that that inherently is unfair, and that the system does need to be modernised. But in doing so, we have to look at ways...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Cabinet Office: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople (19 Jun 2024)

Rebecca Evans: So, the approach to discounts, disregards and exemptions, as set out in the Bill, in terms of the powers for local authorities, just simply restates the existing position in terms of the ability for authorities to make changes. Equally, a local authority can reduce a household's liability to zero if it thinks it is the appropriate thing to do. So, I'm confident that local authorities will...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Cabinet Office: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople (19 Jun 2024)

Rebecca Evans: The first thing to do is to recognise the importance of the single-person discount, and just to reassure anybody who takes an interest in the Welsh Conservatives' social media or, indeed, is watching this afternoon, the single-person discount isn't going anywhere. We have been absolutely clear that we will restate the single-person discount at 25 per cent in regulations, as is the appropriate...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Cabinet Office: Acquisition, Use and Sale of Property (19 Jun 2024)

Rebecca Evans: Well, our policy and our strategy for the disposal of surplus property is clear that, when a property is no longer required to deliver against a policy area, it should be offered to other departments and then more widely to public sector partners before being marketed commercially. And that ensures that we're delivering the best possible value for money against all policy areas. So, that's...


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