Chris Frost, who sadly passed away in November, was posthumously awarded an MBE in the New Year's Honours List. Chris was a long standing member of Compact Voice's board and was a passionate advocate of partnership working and the voluntary sector.
Simon Blake OBE, chair of Compact Voice, has written to the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude. The letter highlights that despite government's continued commitment to encouraging open and transparent decision making, several recent consultations have contradicted this.
We have published the letter online, which encourages government to engage meaningfully when consulting, and offers a number of solutions to encourage this.
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.
The Ministry of Justice has recently launched a consultation which proposes further changes to judicial review processes. The proposals include measures to "exclude persons who had only a political or theoretical interest, such as campaigning groups" from supporting judicial reviews.
Compact Voice have published a booklet containing all of the shortlisted entries for the 2013 Compact Awards. This year's shortlisted nominations are particularly strong, showcasing partnership working from right across England.
The Lobbying Act (officially the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act) finally concluded this January after an eventful journey through Parliament.
Here we provide a bit of background into the Act, to accompany a new short briefing we’ve produced. The briefing is aimed at people who may not work in a policy role, but are concerned as to whether their organisation may be affected by the Act.
At Compact Voice, we talk a lot about what departments can do to engage better with the voluntary sector. However, there isn’t much in the way of guidance for voluntary organisations on how they can effectively and efficiently respond to consultations.