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Guest blog: Insights from the Office for Civil Society’s Compact lead

Jonathan Slater is on secondment at the Office for Civil Society, where he leads on the Compact. Here he discusses some of the key areas he’s been working on during his time there.


Local Compact survey results 2013: briefing 3 - Social value

This series of briefings explores some of the policy findings from our 2013 Annual Survey of Local Compacts in more depth. In our third blog, we look at perceptions of the Social Value Act.

This blog reveals the results around how well the Act is understood, whether respondents are having much involvement with the Act and how respondents perceive the Act’s potential.


Local Compact Survey results 2013: briefing 2 - independence

This series of briefings explores some of the policy findings from our 2013 Annual Survey of Local Compacts in more depth. In our second blog, we explore our findings related to perceptions of the voluntary sector's independence.

This blog reveals results around the extent to which perceptions of independence vary between the public and voluntary sector.


Local Compact Survey results 2013: briefing 1 - the new health landscape

This series of briefings explores some of the policy findings from our 2013 Annual Survey of Local Compacts in more depth. In our first blog, we look at the impact and perceptions of the new health and social care landscape.

This blog assesses the extent to which local Compacts are participating in and influencing partners in the new health landscape. Here, we also reveal which aspects of the new health structure Compact groups are engaging with.


Survey findings: The first in our new series

Our annual survey has now closed, and I’ve begun the task of looking into the results. Some really interesting findings are beginning to emerge, which we’ll be sharing over the coming weeks in a series of blogs.


The LGA Conference: a voluntary sector perspective

This time last week, I was at the final day of the LGA Conference in Manchester, and I feel like I learnt so much from it that I should take the time now to share some of my thoughts with you.

I was lucky enough to attend all three days of the conference, and I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect. Would it be disorganized like some conferences I’ve been to, would it be confusing and would it be relevant? Fortunately the conference was well organized, not at all confusing and very relevant.


Sneak preview of our annual survey results

First of all, a huge thank you to everyone who has taken the time to complete our annual survey. As Tom explained in his last blog, the results from the survey help us understand what is working well in different areas across England, as well as what is not working so well. The findings also help us set our priorities for the coming year as we respond to what you’ve told us.

Secondly, our survey is open for another two weeks!


What you tell us makes a difference

The annual local Compact survey - now in its third year - is one of the key ways that Compact Voice understands the health of local Compacts, what's working, what isn't, and what needs to be done to strengthen and support local partnership working.


The End

So, this is the end. Not for the Compact (online critics relax), but for my time at Compact Voice.

A couple of months ago, I blogged about how the Compact isn’t quite dead yet and I’m pleased to report that it’s still here and alive and well.


Harnessing the power of complaints?

Opinions about complaining are often divided but when we are living in a service-oriented society what do we do when services are poor and cause us distress?

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