Compact Voice represents the voluntary sector on the Compact — an agreement between the sector and the Government to ensure better working together. We provide training and resources, and represent the sector's concerns to the government.
Gateshead local Compact won the Local Compact Award in 2011 (pictured). In this guest blog, Linda Whitfield from Gateshead Council reflects on what has changed over the year and how partners in Gateshead are continuing to work together for the benefit of their community.
Payment by results is becoming an increasingly common way of funding public services. The coalition government has moved decisively toward a payment by results (PbR) model in several contracts and has indicated that this approach is likely to grow in the coming years.
In this blog, I'll outline what PbR is, how it relates to the Compact and some of the challenges and opportunities it presents for voluntary and community organisations.
Our latest guest blog is by Sue Beer, who is part time Compact Officer at CASE Kent. Sue works across four districts in East Kent, and the post is currently supported by a Big Lottery grant. Here Sue discusses the challenges and responsibilities of being a Local Compact Officer.
This week I was pleased to be invited to be on the panel of All Party Parliamentary Group on Civil Society and Volunteering to discuss the National Audit Office's recent report on central government's implementation of the Compact. Also on the panel were David Clarke from the NAO, and the Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd.
Our latest guest blog is by Claire Greenhill from the Essex Compact Project. Claire discusses how a successful pilot in West Essex has led to an increase in Compact development work in the area. Previously, there were numerous district Compacts governing at a district level, and the Essex Compact applied to wider Essex matters. The pilot sought to establish whether the Essex Compact could be adapted for use in each district, instead of having to go through a review process for each individual district Compact.