Renewed Compact published by OCS and Compact Voice

Government and Voluntary and Community sector agree new Compact for working in partnership
A renewed Compact, the agreement which governs relations between the Government and civil society organisations in England, has been published today by Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society and Simon Blake, our Chair.

The new Compact is shorter and more focused than the previous agreement and aims to create the right environment for partnership working. It is backed by a robust set of accountability and transparency measures outlined in a new guide, also published today.
In addition, the National Audit Office will carry out a one-off study into the operation of the Compact across government which will be reported to parliament. This unprecedented level of scrutiny will enhance adherence to the Compact and provide a strong platform for the Cabinet Office and Compact Voice to work together to embed the agreement in day to day relations between government and civil society. 
Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society, said:
“The renewed Compact is more relevant to current priorities, it’s shorter, clearer and is backed by full parliamentary accountability. Charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises have a critical role to play in public service reform, community empowerment and social action, the three streams of the Big Society.
“It is more important than ever that the public sector and civil society act with respect for each other as we tackle social challenges together. That’s why I’m very pleased the National Audit Office will bring a new level of accountability by reporting to parliament on the operation of the Compact in government.”
Simon Blake, Compact Voice Chair said:
"The sector has wanted a Compact with teeth for a long time. This new Compact with greater accountability provides just that.  With major changes in relationships and funding across the country, more than ever both parties need to know, and stick by, the 'rules of the game'. I call on the voluntary and community sector, and government to get behind and use this Compact now as a compass for effective partnership."

  • Download the renewed Compact document (PDF 512KB).
  • Download The Compact - Accountabililty & Transparency Guide (PDF 208KB).
  • Read a Statement of Support from the voluntary and community sector (PDF 96KB).
  • Read our final report on the Compact Renewal Consultation 2010 (PDF 121KB). 

On 16 December, an Early Day Motion (EDM) supporting the renewed Compact was tabled in Parliament to ensure continued cross-party support both for it and the voluntary sector.

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