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NCVO publish Best Practice Guidance for Local Authorities and VCS

NCVO best practice guide

NCVO have published a new guide, which makes a series of recommendations for local authorities on the ways they can support the sector and alleviate strain by helping organisations adapt to any changes in funding.

Compact Voice response to Open Public Services White Paper

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Compact Voice have responded to the Open Public Services White Paper, and you can download our response in full here. While the white paper asks specific questions, our submission provides a response about the consultation exercise, the context in which it was launched, and makes some comments on the text itself.

Guide to Local Compacts Published

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Compact Voice have published a new guide covering everything you need to know to enable your Compact to work effectively. Local Compacts: A User Guide is available as separate sections covering different areas of local Compact working, or as a single publication.

Government publishes 'Best Value' guidance

Best Value Guidance

The Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) has today published guidance to local authorities on how to protect voluntary and community groups from disproportionate cuts to their funding.

Sector Chief Executives call for more leadership on the Compact

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Compact Voice has today issued a letter to Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. The letter highlights the high levels of support for the Compact from both sectors, which was a key finding of Compact Voice’s recent annual survey.  However, the survey also revealed the need for more leadership at the top - as a result, sector leaders have written to Eric Pickles raising this issue.

Research indicates 88% of local areas support the Compact

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Compact Voice has today published the results of a comprehensive survey into the state of local Compacts.
The survey is the first in an ongoing annual commitment to improve understanding of – and engagement with – local Compacts across England. The results provide a mixed, but encouraging, picture across the country.

Compact Voice releases information about cuts in funding to the voluntary and community sector

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There has been a significant amount of recent scrutiny on the impact of cuts to the voluntary and community sector, and Compact Voice has been working with areas to try and understand the extent and the impact that such cuts have had on local partnerships.
Earlier this year, we submitted two Freedom of Information requests to 351 local authorities in England, and the results of these requests are now available.

Government respond to equalities 'Red Tape Challenge' queries: Share your thoughts

The Government Equality Office have responded to a letter from Compact Voice about the 'Red Tape Challenge' into equalities. In the letter we raised concerns about the exercise taking the place of a full and comprehensive consultation into any proposed changes to the Equality Act. Read the response to our queries, and let us know what you think of it.

News in brief: July 2011

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Read a round-up of the latest voluntary sector news: Including information about the Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman consultation, a new guide on decommissioning and funding available from the Department of Health.

Compact Voice launches survey into local Compacts across England

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*Please note that the survey is now complete, and you can read the results here

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