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.
On Thursday 4 September, representatives from the voluntary sector and government gathered at the NCVO summer reception.
In between hearing from the previous and current ministers for civil society, meeting old friends and new, and swapping knitting jokes, attendees took the opportunity to peruse the publication being handed around: none other than the NCVO Manifesto 2015.
We at Compact Voice think the manifesto is great example of how the principles of the Compact underpin how the sector imagines our relationship with government.
In this guest blog, Leonie McCarthy, Chief Executive Officer of Peterborough Council for Voluntary Service (CVS), talks about some of the issues considered when refreshing the Peterborough Compact, and how it is intended that the new agreement will help voluntary organisations and commissioners to work together.