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This section features some of the questions we're often asked about the Compact, partnership working and related policies. You can also access many of these questions in one document in our resources section

Do you have a question for Compact Voice? Email it to us, we'd be happy to answer.
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‘What evidence do you have of the impact of the Compact locally and nationally?’

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Compact Voice publishes case studies regularly which explore good Compact working in a practical way. All of these explore the impact of local Compacts, and also of how government are implementing the Compact to improve their partnership working.

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‘The Compact has been around for a long time. Do you think the time for the Compact has passed?’

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The Compact is in many respects more relevant now than ever. 
 
In light of an increasing reliance on VCS organisations to deliver public services, the Compact can help to ensure a level playing field, encourage open and honest dialogue across sectors and establish a foundation for these relationships that ensures both sectors are treated fairly.
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‘What is Compact Voice doing to help commissioners follow Compact principles?’

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Compact Voice works with commissioners and produces resources to help them understand the value and importance of working with the voluntary sector, what the Compact is, and what the benefits of working in partnership are.
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‘The Compact isn’t legally binding. Does that it mean it has no teeth?’

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The Compact is about much more than protecting the voluntary sector against funding cuts. Whilst it has been used successfully to challenge poor funding decisions, the Compact works best when used at the beginning of relationships, providing a foundation for open and transparent dialogue between the sectors. 

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'Is there a legal requirement for CCGs to sign up to their local Compact?'

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There isn't a legal requirement for Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to sign up to a local Compact.

However, we would strongly encourage CCGs to sign up to their local Compact – doing so sends a strong message that a CCG is willing to strengthen relationships with local voluntary organisations.

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How many signatories should there be on a local Compact? Is there a minimum?

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Here at Compact Voice, we've received a query which runs along the lines of 'We are launching a new local Compact and getting signatories to it – how many should there be, is there a minimum?

Read the answer here.

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Can they cut my funding?

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The short answer is, yes they can.

If the government feels the effective use of public money is at risk, withdrawing funding or terminating a contract early is a reasonable action to take. Fortunately, though, these decisions cannot be taken lightly.

The Compact outlines agreed good practice for both sectors when entering into or concluding a financial relationship. In knowing these commitments, you can ensure any decision made is a fair one.

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Do I need to do an Equality Impact Assessment as part of the process of renewing our local Compact?

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While it is always useful to consider the impact to equality groups and issues when introducing or developing policies, a better longer term approach would be to ensure that individuals, groups and organisations representing different equalities strands are signed up to local Compacts and represented on local Compact working groups.

Ensuring ongoing engagement will mean that equality issues are kept high on the agenda for Compact groups, and that the needs and interests of a diverse range of stakeholders are represented.

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If my area does not currently have a local Compact, can the national Compact be referred to if an issue arises?

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Most areas in England have their own local Compact - however, in some cases where there isn't an active local Compact, or a local Authority has yet to sign up to it - the National Compact can be used in the interim. 

Read more here.

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Compact Voice respond to CLG's consultation on data transparency

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Compact Voice have responded to the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) consultation into 'Improving local government transparency'. With an increasing emphasis on data sharing and transparency, Compact Voice believes that clarity about how local authorities gather and share information can have a positive impact on partnership activities.

 

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