Compact principles ‘high priority’ for Ministry of Justice’s ‘Transforming Rehabilitation’ agenda

moj logoCommitment to the Compact has been accepted as a ‘high priority’ for the Ministry of Justice's  ‘Transforming Rehabilitation’ agenda following a report from 3SC.

The report was published in March after MoJ commissioned the organisation to devise an action plan to "set out what voluntary and community sector organisations need to do in order to overcome the barriers which prevent them from competing in the Payment by Results (PbR) market place".

MoJ recently published their response to this action plan, accepting the first recommendation on the Compact as a high priority, and stating: "This proposal is consistent with our plans for the Rehabilitation Programme and our existing departmental commitments."

In their report, 3SC had stated that the new measures should:

"[Demonstrate] commitment to the Compact through explicit reference to its Principles in both the service specification and contractual terms and conditions, with clear guidance that these principles should apply to contracts at all levels within the supply chain.

Ensuring Compact Principles such as 3.9, 3.10 and 3.11 are embedded within the commissioning process should remove potential barriers which may otherwise limit the contribution of VCOs."

MoJ’s strategy paper which outlines the new measures states that they will "ensure that the Compact Principles are used to inform the development of the competition process, the service specifications and contractual terms and conditions. These principles set out an agreement between the VCSE sector and the Government on how best to work together."

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