Rebecca Evans MS Minister for Finance and Local Government
Responsibilities of the Minister for Finance and Local Government
Rebecca Evans was first elected to the National Assembly for Wales in May 2011 to represent the Mid and West Wales region. In 2016 she became Assembly Member for Gower.
Rebecca received a degree in History from the University of Leeds, and a Master of Philosophy degree in Historical Studies from Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge. Before being elected, Rebecca worked in the third sector.
Rebecca has served on the National Assembly for Wales' Environment and Sustainable Development Committee and its Common Agricultural Policy Task and Finish Group. She has also served on the Health and Social Care Committee, and the Children, Young People and Education Committee.
In June 2014, Rebecca was appointed Deputy Minister for Farming and Food, and in May 2016 she became Minister for Social Services and Public Health. In November 2017, she was appointed Minister for Housing and Regeneration, and in December 2018 she joined the Cabinet as Minister for Finance and Trefnydd. On 13 May 2021 Rebecca was appointed Minister for Finance and Local Government.
- Structural, democratic, financial and constitutional reform of Local Authorities including co-ordination of regional collaboration models
- The Local Government Partnership Council
- Local Government performance, governance and constitutional matters, scrutiny arrangements, cabinets, elected mayors, the role of councillors, their diversity, conduct and remuneration.
- Local Government electoral arrangements, sponsorship of the Local Democracy and Boundary Commission for Wales and the timing of Local Authority elections
- Local Government finance policy including financial reform
- The un-hypothecated funding of Local Authorities and Policy and Crime Commissioners through the Local Government revenue and capital settlements
- Financial governance, financing and accounting relating to Local Government
- Public Service Boards
- Public libraries
- Local archive services
- Local Government workforce matters
- Academi Wales
- Oversight of audit, inspection and regulation as they relate to public services, including the organisation arrangements for Healthcare Inspectorate Wales and the Care Inspectorate Wales
- The Welsh Treasury
- The Welsh Revenue Authority
- Provision of strategic direction and management of the resources of the Welsh Government
- Taxation policy
- Local taxation policy, including Council Tax, non-domestic rates, council tax reduction and the Sponsorship of the Valuation Office Agency services and the Valuation Tribunal for Wales
- Budget monitoring and management
- Strategic Investment
- Invest to Save
- Financial Accounting and audit
- In year budget monitoring and management
- Value for money and effectiveness
- Operation and development of the devolved funding settlement and the Statement of Funding policy
- Relationship with HM Treasury and HM Revenue and Customs on all spending and tax matters
- Public Sector pay policy
- Acquisition, maintenance and disposal of property and other assets
- Procurement reform [National Procurement Service and Value Wales]
- Grants policy
- Official Statistics, including the Census