The Programme aims to raise awareness of the potential of cultural organisations to deliver public services, promote opportunities for partnering with commissioners, and to learn how arts and cultural organisations can be better commissioned.
Compact Voice recently wrote to the Department of Health querying the short timeframe for their consultation into migrant access to the NHS. We asked for clarification about the process of engagement after concerns were raised by one of our members.
Read the response from the Department of Health here.
Government departmental business plans for 2013-14 have now been published, and for the second year running, the Compact is included as a cross-departmental priority.
The plans outline how respective departments will be implementing the Compact and working in partnership with the voluntary and community sector. Compact Voice is pleased that the Compact is prominent in many departmental plans – several have included tangible, positive activities which they will be undertaking to strengthen their relationship with the voluntary sector through the Compact.
It has been announced today that Chris White MP will become the government's first Social Value Act ambassador.
White, who authored the original Act, will be working closely with Local Authorities and the voluntary sector to raise awareness of the Public Services (Social Value) Act, which came into force earlier this year.
Commitment to the Compact has been accepted as a ‘high priority’ for the Ministry of Justice's ‘Transforming Rehabilitation’ agenda following a report from 3SC.
The report was published in March after MoJ commissioned the organisation to devise an action plan to "set out what voluntary and community sector organisations need to do in order to overcome the barriers which prevent them from competing in the Payment by Results (PbR) market place".
I recently had the opportunity to attend the Locality Annual Conference in Leicester, which proved to be really interesting – so thought I would provide a bit of an update on some of the things I saw and interesting projects I learnt about. Having never been to a Locality conference before, I wasn’t sure what to expect, though the agenda and list of speakers had set my expectations high. I was not disappointed.