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.
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 Cabinet Office has published 'Making it easier for civil society to work with the state'. The document is a stocktake of progress toward the government's commitment to involve the voluntary and community sector in delivering services.
The document reiterates the government's commitment to Compact principles, and contains a case study from Gloucestershire.
Compact Voice has submitted a response to the Department of Health’s draft guidance on developing Health and Wellbeing Board strategies and Joint Strategic Needs Assessments.
In it, we state that we are disappointed that the reference to local Compacts has been weakened from an earlier draft of the document published in January, and recommend that further clarification is made about the role of local Compact groups and agreements.
The Cabinet Office recently issued revised Consultation Principles, which replace the Code of Practice on Consultation. Government departments and other public bodies will use the principles for engaging stakeholders when developing policy and legislation.
Government departments have now published their 2012 business plans. For the first time, these plans must address how each department will work to implement Compact principles in their dealings with the voluntary and community sector.
There have been some positive developments this week for the voluntary and community sector with the government introducing a series of measures to reduce red tape for volunteers.
The new legislation supports Compact principles, and one of the key changes is to radically improve the portability of CRB Certificates so people can volunteer with more than one organisation without needing multiple checks.
Today, the Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd MP, has written to all government departments emphasising the importance of Compact-compliant consultations, sending them our ‘Meaningful Engagement’ briefing. This sets out how consultations should be delivered to ensure that engagement has the most positive impact and contribution to the design and development of policies and services. Compact Voice drafted this guidance following engagement with the voluntary and community sector.
Today the National Audit Office (NAO) has published the findings from their inquiry into how government departments are implementing the Compact in their work.
The inquiry - announced as part of the accountability and transparency measures which accompanied the renewed Compact in 2010 - highlights some key issues and makes a number of recommendations to improve departmental activities.