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Secretary of State for Health encourages all NHS organisations to sign up to local Compacts

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Compact Voice recently wrote to the Health Secretary Andrew Lansley to express concerns we had heard from some local groups, that changes to the health policy landscape weren’t recognising the role that the Compact – both nationally and locally – should have.

Compact Voice respond to Third Sector editorial on Merlin Standard

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Compact Voice has written to Third Sector magazine in response to a recent editorial about the Merlin Standard and partnership working between the voluntary and community and private sectors.
 
A short version of the letter was published in the 6 December print edition of the magazine, and the full version is published below.

House of Lords debate mentions importance of Compact

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Yesterday in a debate in the House of Lords about funding to the voluntary and community sector, the Compact was mentioned as a key mechanism to help both the voluntary and community and statutory sectors.

Localism Act becomes law

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The Localism Act has now been given Royal Assent - meaning it is now law. CLG have also published a plain English Guide to the Act - read more here.

Compact in the press - November 2011

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There has been a couple of good Compact mentions in local and voluntary sector press this week - read more about these here.

Compact Awards 2011 - Winners announced

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The winners of this year’s Compact Awards have been announced at a ceremony at HM Treasury. We're pleased to officially announce the winners today - read more about each of the winning entries here.

New case studies published, exploring good practice happening across England

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Compact Voice has published 2 new case studies recently, exploring the current challenges facing local Compacts and sharing good practice.

Policy landscape clarified in Open Letter

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Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society, has published an open letter outlining the government’s policy direction for the voluntary and community sector.

Compact Voice welcome the letter, which provides an update on the strategic framework in which the government’s policy announcements sit.

SOVA signs up to Compact

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National charity SOVA has signed up to the Compact.
  
SOVA (Supporting Others through Volunteer Action) have developed a Compact-compliant preferred provider process for new tendering opportunities and contracting. As a result, SOVA have secured Compact Voice’s Compliance Mark.

National Audit Office reviewing government’s implementation of the Compact

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The National Audit Office (NAO) has commenced working on a review of central government's implementation of the Compact, and Compact Voice are encouraging voluntary organisations to contribute their experiences.

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