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Jane Hutt MS

Ministerial responsibilities of the Minister for Social Justice and Chief Whip.


Jane spent part of her childhood in Uganda and Kenya, and was educated at the University of Kent, the London School of Economics and Bristol University. She has lived and worked in Wales since 1972.

Jane was an elected member of the former South Glamorgan County Council for 12 years and was first elected to the Assembly in 1999. Between 1999 and 2005 she served as Minister for Health and Social Services in the Welsh Government. From 2005 to 2007, she was Minister for Assembly Business and Chief Whip. In the first Cabinet of the Third Assembly she was appointed Minister for Budget and Assembly Business.

In the coalition Cabinet, announced on 19 July 2007, she became Minister for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills. In December 2009 she was appointed Minister for Business and Budget, subsequently Minister for Finance until 2016 when she was appointed Leader of the House and Chief Whip at the start of the Fifth Assembly.

On 13 December 2018 Jane was appointed Deputy Minister and Chief Whip. Jane was appointed Minister for Social Justice on 13 May 2021.

Jane Hutt is an honorary fellow of Cardiff Metropolitan University and Cardiff and Vale College. She is a Welsh learner.


  • Co-ordination of cross-cutting measures to promote prosperity and tackle poverty
  • Co-ordination of measures to mitigate Child Poverty
  • Digital Inclusion
  • Oversight of the distribution of Lottery funding within Wales
  • Welfare Reform
  • Fuel Poverty
  • Financial inclusion, including credit unions
  • Fire and Rescue Services including community fire safety
  • Lead on policy in relation to the Armed Forces in Wales and Veterans
  • Wales and Africa Programme
  • EU Settlement Scheme
  • Equality and Human Rights
  • Co-ordination of issues relating to Gypsies, Roma and Travellers, Asylum-seekers, refugees and community cohesion
  • Anti-slavery, domestic abuse, gender-based violence and sexual violence
  • The Voluntary sector and volunteering
  • Youth Justice and Female Offending blueprints
  • Chair of the Wales Resilience Forum
  • Community Safety
  • Relations with the Police and Crime Commissioners, Police and other Criminal Justice agencies
  • Relations with UK government in respect of Prisons and the Probation Service
  • Advice and Advocacy Services
  • Lead responsibility for monitoring Post Office and Royal Mail matters in Wales
  • Public appointments policy and implementation
  • Relationship with the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, Children’s Commissioner for Wales, and Future Generations Commissioner for Wales.
  • National implementation of the Well-being of Future Generations framework, including Well-being of Future Generations National Stakeholder Fora and oversight of relationship with Public Bodies under the WFG Act. 
  • Social Partnership and Public Procurement Bill and Shadow Social Partnership Council
  • Living Wage
  • Fair Work
  • Co-operation Agreement liaison
  • Government Chief Whip

Writing to Jane Hutt