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Invitation to join the UK Open Government Forum


The UK Open Government Forum are encouraging voluntary and community organisations to join their network of civil society organisations.
Open government is the idea that government works better for citizens when it is transparent, engaged and accountable.
The network allows voluntary organisations to play a role in developing the processes needed to open up government budgets, contracts, datasets, decision-making, information, policymaking and public services.

Compact Awards 2014: 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 100 guests, was hosted by Simon Blake OBE, Chair of Compact Voice, and attended by Rob Wilson MP, Minister for Civil Society. 

Compact Week launch: new Partnership Working Toolkit available now


As part of Compact Week 2014, Compact Voice are pleased to announce the launch of our new practical guide, the Partnership Working Toolkit.
The Toolkit contains an array of practical, straightforward information covering everything you need to know about local cross-sector partnerships - and how to make them thrive. 

Compact Awards 2014: Shortlist announced

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Compact Voice is pleased to announce the shortlist for this year's Compact Awards.
The Awards celebrate excellence in partnership working between the voluntary sector and the public sector.
This year, we received over 50 nominations. All of the shortlisted nominations demonstrate real, replicable examples of where partnerships across sectors are delivering tangible benefits for communities.

Annual Survey of local Compacts 2014 now open

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Compact Voice's fourth annual survey of local Compacts is now open.

Local Compacts provide a much needed framework for partnership working between the sectors. They outline reasonable expectations and help foster trust, highlight shared goals and deal with difficult decisions. They can also be a valuable tool in building relationships with new commissioning bodies like Clinical Commissioning Groups and Police and Crime Commissioners.
We believe it is vital that information is gathered which can be used to assess the 'health' and effectiveness of local Compacts in the current policy landscape.

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.

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