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.
Compact Voice has written to Justice Secretary Chris Grayling MP, about the Ministry of Justice's intention to introduce a system of Payment by Results for services delivered on behalf of the Ministry of Justice.
Compact Voice have asked the Minister to provide clarity around how the Ministry of Justice will be ensuring it upholds certain principles of the Compact relating to supply chains during the development of these reforms.
If the government feels the effective use of public money is at risk, withdrawing funding or terminating a contract early is a reasonable action to take. Fortunately, though, these decisions cannot be taken lightly.
The Compact outlines agreed good practice for both sectors when entering into or concluding a financial relationship. In knowing these commitments, you can ensure any decision made is a fair one.
While it is always useful to consider the impact to equality groups and issues when introducing or developing policies, a better longer term approach would be to ensure that individuals, groups and organisations representing different equalities strands are signed up to local Compacts and represented on local Compact working groups.
Ensuring ongoing engagement will mean that equality issues are kept high on the agenda for Compact groups, and that the needs and interests of a diverse range of stakeholders are represented.
Compact Voice have responded to the Local Government Authority's consultation into voluntary sector spending data. Full details of the consultation can be found on the LGA's website, and our response can be downloaded below.
Most areas in England have their own local Compact - however, in some cases where there isn't an active local Compact, or a local Authority has yet to sign up to it - the National Compact can be used in the interim.
Compact Voice have responded to the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) consultation into 'Improving local government transparency'. With an increasing emphasis on data sharing and transparency, Compact Voice believes that clarity about how local authorities gather and share information can have a positive impact on partnership activities.
Q: We have received a query from a public body who were concerned about signing up to their local Compact because of the legal implications of the word 'undertaking', which is included in the Compact...