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Bristol: Meaningful engagement in local Compact renewal

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Bristol achieved widespread engagement in the review and update of its local Compact in 2012. As well as helping to raise awareness of the Compact, the renewal has resulted in a local Compact that is relevant to all partners in the City.

West Midlands Compact Panel: Promoting good practice locally

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The West Midlands Compact Panel has enabled the sharing of good practice about the Compact and Compact principles and helped to strengthen partnership working across the West Midlands. It is attended by both public sector and VCS representatives who have an open and honest dialogue about how best to deal with current issues and challenges.  

Local authorities and the voluntary sector: Investigating funding and engagement

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In 2012, Compact Voice issued a series of Freedom of Information Act requests to every local authority in England, and to every government department.

This report analyses the findings from the responses received from local authorities in England. Read the press release, and view the raw data received here.

Government and the voluntary sector: investigating funding and engagement


In 2012, Compact Voice issued a series of Freedom of Information Act requests to every local authority in England, and to every government department.

This report analyses the findings from the government departments' responses. Read the press release, and view the raw data received here.

Sunderland: Creating new ways to learn about the Compact

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The Sunderland Compact e-learning programme was developed over a period of several years. It was initially developed with the aim of helping staff at Sunderland City Council to better understand the role of the voluntary and community sector in the city, and to provide them with a good understanding of the Compact agreement. Since then, it has also been rolled out to VCS and other statutory sector partners.

Carlisle: Signing up to a local Compact


Carlisle City Council wanted to sign up to the County-wide Cumbria Compact, to strengthen the good relationship they already had with the voluntary and community sector. Before they did so, the Council considered their compliance with the commitments outlined in the Cumbria Compact and identified areas for improvement by undertaking a self-assessment exercise.

Informing and influencing the new local health landscape

Before joining the Compact Voice team, I worked for a number of different health charities - focussing on campaigns work, trying to tackle problems with access to treatment, rights for disabled people, and local differences in the provision of both health and social care.

Moving from such specific policy topics to the much broader subject areas that the Compact covers was a challenge, and one it took me a while to get used to.

Getting to grips with Payment by Results

Payment by results is becoming an increasingly common way of funding public services.  The coalition government has moved decisively toward a payment by results (PbR) model in several contracts and has indicated that this approach is likely to grow in the coming years.

In this blog, I'll outline what PbR is, how it relates to the Compact and some of the challenges and opportunities it presents for voluntary and community organisations.

Cumbria: Using the Compact when negotiating contracts

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AWAZ Cumbria is a support organisation for people from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities. AWAZ aims to empower the voice of BME people and communities through influencing strategy, policy and service delivery.

They recently used Compact principles to successfully negotiate the renewal of their Cumbria Equality Consortium Agreement following the loss of some of its funding.

Funding fairly: Using the Compact to get full cost recovery

When money is tight and sources of funding are falling into the ‘slim-to-none’ category, any new grant programme or opportunity is likely to be welcomed with open arms. But with an unrelenting drive to make efficiency savings, the amount of funding available for publicly funded projects and programmes can be squeezed to such an extent that some charities end up subsiding the true costs of services themselves. This blog looks at why that's a problem and what can be done about it.

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