Freedom of Information Act responses 2012
This page contains the responses to a series of Freedom of Information Act requests, which Compact Voice issued in 2012.
The requests were sent to 14 government departments as well as every local authority in England, and reports analysing the findings of both sets of responses are below.
Full details of the questions that were asked can be found here. The reports below are:
- Government and the voluntary sector: investigating funding and engagement which analyses the findings from the government departments' responses. There is also a press release highlighting these.
- Local authorities and the voluntary sector: investigating funding and engagement which analyses responses received from local authorities.
This is the second year that Compact Voice has undertaken a Freedom of Information request in an attempt to better understand the relationship between local statutory and voluntary sector partners. We have learnt much from the exercise, and we hope that the both the analysis of the responses we received and the recommendations we make are of interest.
However, for the second year running, the data has been very difficult to meaningfully and consistently interpret. Despite changes to the requests issued which sought to avoid ambiguity and ensure the widest range of responses possible, the data received varied enormously in how the questions had been interpreted. In some instances, the data had to be manually interpreted, including inputting and calculating figures from a huge array of sources.
Inevitably, there may be disagreements on the way that the provided data has been interpreted. There may also be instances where the information has been incorrectly provided but added as it was sent to us.
In both these instances, Compact Voice is happy to consider requests to change the information to ensure accuracy and usefulness.