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The who, what and how of judicial review explained

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Compact Voice have published a new briefing on understanding judicial review procedures.
The briefing explains, in clear, jargon-free language, what judicial review is and how it works in practice. Judicial review is the process by which the courts examine the lawfulness of a public authority’s decision.

"Voluntary sector is part of the solution" - Compact Voice, NAVCA and ACEVO

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Compact Voice, ACEVO and NAVCA have written to the leader of every local authority in England, reminding them of the value of the voluntary and community sector and of local Compact commitments.
The letter can be read in full here.

DWP internal Compact awards celebrate partnership working


The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) recently organised an internal Compact Awards to celebrate good practice in partnership working within the department.
The Awards received over 30 nominations, which celebrated partnerships developed by different DWP teams from across the country, and voluntary and community organisations.

Timeline of developments on the Lobbying Act

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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.

New guidance on social value and the Compact published

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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.

New project to give patients, public and VCS a voice on NHS England

NHS England has developed a new project called NHS Citizen, which aims to enable engagement and communication with the public, patients and voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations. 

Short briefing on Judicial Review changes published


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.

Cabinet Office publish 'Social Value Act: One Year On'

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The Cabinet Office have published a useful update on the the Public Services (Social Value) Act - which came into place in January 2013.

Latest on the Open Government Partnership National Action Plan

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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.

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