This item contains a timeline of the developments on the Lobbying Bill, now an Act - which will be implemented on 19 September 2014. .
Compact Voice will shortly be publishing a short, easy to understand guide to what implications the Act is likely to have on local voluntary and community sector organisations.
Compact Voice has published a new guide which provides an easy-to-understand overview of social value and the Public Services (Social Value) Act. .
The guide provides practical case studies and actions for commissioning authorities and voluntary organisations to take, as well as explaining what is covered by the Social Value Act, how it relates to the Compact, how to demonstrate social value and create a strategy for doing so.
Compact Voice have produced a short, two page briefing on some of the changes that were proposed to the process of Judicial Review. .
The briefing intends to be an easy-to-understand overview of what is a relatively complex legal area, and one which can have an impact on voluntary and community organisations - particularly those that campaign on the behalf of their service users.
Over the course of last year, Compact Voice have worked closely with a variety of government departments and other voluntary sector organisations to help develop the UK's Open Government Partnership (OGP). .
The UK representatives have just published a new report exploring lessons learnt while developing their National Action Plan, with a view to sharing what they have learnt with the other countries involved in the partnership.
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.
These events focused on helping encourage good partnership working between health bodies and the voluntary sector, and illustrating how local Compacts can be used as a tool for supporting these partnerships.
Ross Diamond, Chief Officer of RedbridgeCVS, came along to the Bedford event with us on 21 January. Ross shared his experiences of how the Compact had helped to form a foundation for strong partnerships with health bodies locally, and this guest blog provides a short overview of what he covered.
The Panel on the Independence of the Voluntary Sector launched their fourth and final report yesterday. The launch event revealed a lot of really interesting - and really opposing - opinions on the value of an independent sector, and the degree to which this is being threatened by things like the Lobbying Act and ‘gagging clauses’ in contracts.
Some of the coverage of the event in sector press focused on the Panel’s recommendations for a Compact with ‘teeth’.
If there’s one thing I’ve noticed about working on the Compact, it’s that one of its key strengths is that it is a mutually beneficial, voluntary agreement.