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Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner signs up to local Compact

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Richard Rhodes, Cumbria's PCC (pictured), has signed up to the Cumbria Compact. Signing up to a local Compact is a great way for PCCs to engage with their local voluntary and community sector, and we'd encourage others to follow his example.

Guidance on maintaining the independence of local Healthwatch published

Healthwatch England and Compact Voice

On 1 April 2013, local Healthwatch organisations became responsible for promoting the patient and public voice.

Healthwatch England have worked with Compact Voice to produce a guidance note, outlining how local Healthwatch can maintain their independence.

Report highlights worrying levels of disproportionate cuts to grant funding to the voluntary sector

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A report has highlighted that half of local authorities are cutting grant funding to the voluntary sector disproportionately, compared to the amount their own budgets are being reduced.

The report, produced by Compact Voice, reveals that despite statutory guidance issued by the Department for Communities and Local Government, the local voluntary sector continues to be seen as a soft target for budget reduction.

Cumbria's Clinical Commissioning Group first to sign up to Compact


Cumbria’s Clinical Commissioning Group has become the first in the country to sign up to a local Compact.

 Cumbria has been part of Compact Voice’s Priority Areas Programme – Compact Voice works with different areas across England on specific projects to support Compact work - so we are particularly pleased with this development.

Communities Minister urges councils to give voluntary sector a leading role

Andrew Stunell

The Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) has written to local authorities, informing them that there is “no excuse for leaving the voluntary and community sector behind” when it comes to funding allocations.

Compact Voice issues Freedom of Information Act requests to local authorities

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Compact Voice has today issued Freedom of Information (FOI) requests to every local authority in England. We have asked questions which focus on the extent of both engagement and funding of the local voluntary and community sector.

Survey findings highlight gap in perceptions between statutory and voluntary and community sectors

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Today Compact Voice has published findings from its recent survey of local Compact groups. The survey was sent to every local Compact area in England, with over three quarters providing information about how their local partnership agreement was working.

New Compact guidance for town and parish councils published

Compact Voice and NALC

Compact Voice and the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) have jointly published a guidance document, which is designed to provide information about the purpose and benefits of local Compacts to town and parish councils.

NCVO publish Best Practice Guidance for Local Authorities and VCS

NCVO best practice guide

NCVO have published a new guide, which makes a series of recommendations for local authorities on the ways they can support the sector and alleviate strain by helping organisations adapt to any changes in funding.

Research indicates 88% of local areas support the Compact

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Compact Voice has today published the results of a comprehensive survey into the state of local Compacts.
The survey is the first in an ongoing annual commitment to improve understanding of – and engagement with – local Compacts across England. The results provide a mixed, but encouraging, picture across the country.

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