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Latest on the Open Government Partnership National Action Plan

Open Government Partnership
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.

Draft Guidance on Transparency for local authorities: Compact Voice response

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The Department for Communities and Local Government have published their draft 'Code of Recommended Practice for Local Authorities on Data Transparency'.
Late last year, we responded to DCLG's consultation looking at turning guidelines regarding data transparency into regulations.
DCLG welcomed comments on the newly published draft following the consultation, and you can read Compact Voice's response below.

Panel on the Independence of the Voluntary Sector: Latest report published

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The Panel on the Independence of the Voluntary Sector have published their latest report.
Compact Voice gave evidence at a session leading up to its publication last year, and the report draws on our research and Annual Survey Report.

Chris Frost posthumously awarded an MBE

Chris Frost

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.

Compact Voice write to Francis Maude about recent consultation timeframes

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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.

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.

Improving Local Government Transparency: Consultation response published

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Cabinet Office have released their response to the Improving Local Government Transparency Consultation.

The consultation response details plans to make the Code of Recommended Practice for Local Authorities on Data Transparency mandatory. 

Latest e-newsletter published

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Our latest e-newsletter has now gone out, and can be accessed here.

Previous issues of the newsletter are available at - where you can also sign up to receive it. Doing so is quick and easy and you can one-click unsubscribe at any time.

Sad loss of a true Compact Champion

Chris Frost

Chris Frost, Compact Voice board member and Chief Executive of Merton Voluntary Service Council, sadly passed away on Thursday morning.

Compact Awards 2013 - Winners announced

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The winners of this year’s Compact Awards have been announced at a ceremony held by Compact Voice last night in Westminster.

The ceremony, attended by over 120 guests, was hosted by Simon Blake OBE, Chair of Compact Voice, and Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society.