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.
NCVO have today published an update to their 2011 Counting the Cuts report, which examines the scale of funding cuts to the voluntary sector so far, as well as those to come.
The Report uses Office for Budget Responsibility forecasts of public spending, along with NCVO Civil Society Almanac data on charities' income sources, to estimate the impact of reductions in public spending on charities.
Lord Lester of Herne Hill, a long-time human rights advocate, has raised a parliamentary question concerning the government's adherence to Compact principles during consultations - the question and answer from Lord Wallace of Saltaire is can be read in full here.
Compact Voice worked to assist NCVO - a Compact Voice board member - with the response, which states the importance of following Compact principles to ensure fairness and good practice in supply chains.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission have published a technical guidance to accompany to Equality Act codes of practice. There is a section on the Public Sector Equality Duty, which may be useful for our members. The guidance provides 'an authoritative, comprehensive and technical guide to the detail of the law'.
Compact Voice has received a letter from Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Justice, in response to a letter we sent outlining concerns about a consultation on proposals to reform the Judicial Review system.
Compact Voice has welcomed a letter from the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to every local authority in England, reminding them of the important role of the voluntary and community sector.
The Rt Hon Don Foster MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at DCLG, reminded councils of the important role of local Compacts and of following government’s Best Value Guidance.
The Social Value Act comes into force on January 31, and the Cabinet Office have released an information note for commissioners and procurers.
The note provides information about what authorities are required to do under the Act – including that statutory bodies must be mindful of the principles contained in their local or national Compact when contracting services.