Each Welsh Cabinet Secretary meets with representatives from the third sector twice a year, this is an important way for us to feed our views into policy making and improve service delivery.
As part of the third
sector scheme each Welsh Government Cabinet
Secretary/Minister is committed to meeting with
representatives of the relevant networks of third sector
organisations covering their areas of responsibility at least twice
in any one calendar year.
Please note the Ministerial Meeting guide linked to above
will be updated soon. The current version remains live for your
reference only; information within may not be up-to-date.
Who attends the Cabinet
Each meeting is attended by the relevant Welsh Government
Cabinet Secretary or Minister and officials and representatives
from the third sector. In 2000 the Third Sector Partnership
Council agreed that a 'map' should be drawn up
identifying all national third sector networks that bring together
groups sharing a common interest - where no network was identified
in major interest areas, significant individual organisations were
asked to act as the network for this interest area.
The aim of producing the map is to ensure appropriate
representation at Cabinet Secretary meetings by identifying
relevant national third sector networks for each portfolio. Each
network is asked to nominate a representative. Third sector
representatives on the Third Sector Partnership Council, including
representatives from the County Voluntary Councils, are also
invited to each meeting.
Please get in touch with the relevant WCVA
contact (these are listed in the table below) for details
about the networks currently linked to each portfolio, and the
names of the representatives.
Preparing for the meetings
WCVA has responsibility for arranging at least two planning
meetings to prepare for each Cabinet Secretary meeting, and also
ensures that the issues raised from the third sector are of broad
relevance across the sector in order to maximise the effectiveness
of the meetings. The third sector representatives should attend at
least one of the two planning meetings and, if they wish to attend
the meeting with a Cabinet Secretary, should also attend the
pre-meeting (usually held on the same day as the meeting). They are
expected to put forward agenda items and prepare papers as
necessary. They have a duty to feed back to their network and
ensure effective two-way communication between the sector and the
meetings. Civil servants work with WCVA policy leads to prepare
agendas, brief ministers about agenda items, prepare minutes of all
Cabinet Secretary meetings, and pursue action points agreed at