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The reverse localism of local Compacts

Why are we seeing an increase in support for top-tier Compacts but decreasing numbers of district/borough level Compacts?

This is one of the questions that cropped up when analysing the results of the 2012 Compact Voice Annual Survey. This blog (the second in a series of blogs exploring interesting trends from the survey results) will take a closer look at this question and put forward some possible answers.

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.

Is your own engagement meaningful enough?

Government recently issued a statement around the process for consulting. This statement has made a compromise between a move away from the default of consulting over 12 weeks (balanced by greater emphasis on meaningful engagement) and a reiteration of its support for Compact principles more widely. Compact Voice is of course looking closely at the potential implications of this move. 

In Defence of the North East

Our recent 2012 survey results highlighted a significant regional difference in both the level of implementation and the perceived effectiveness of the Compact. The North East was one of two regions to have the most negative indicators - according to the figures, respondents felt that both the voluntary and public sectors weren’t engaged with their local Compact.

From local Compacts to the Big Picture: the Compact Voice annual survey of local Compacts explained

The decision to undertake an annual survey of local Compacts was one that Compact Voice didn’t take lightly as we knew that to do it properly would be challenging. This, the first in a short series of blogs explains the process.

Compact Spotlight on South Gloucestershire

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The Compact is working well in South Gloucestershire, thanks to the commitment of a wide range of partner agencies to work together. An active Compact group ensures that the Compact is integrated with key issues such as commissioning and Localism and that there is open and honest dialogue between partners.

Read more about how South Gloucestershire have got to where they are in this 'spotlight' case study.

Annual Local Compact Survey 2012: Results

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This is the results of our second annual survey of local Compacts. The survey was sent to every local Compact area in England, with over three quarters providing information about how their local partnership agreement was working.

The report contains detailed analysis of the results, alongside information broken down by region.

Braintree: Using the Compact to guide the transferring of services

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By following both the spirit and the letter of the Braintree District Local Compact, Braintree District Council has been able to successfully transfer its highly valued Health Walks Programme to Braintree District Voluntary Support Agency (BDVSA).

A year in the life of an Engagement Development Officer

I have been in my post now for twelve months. The time has gone very quickly as I have been extremely busy.

Stockton: Empowering the Voluntary and Community Sector

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At a time when many local authorities were making cuts to the voluntary and community sector and infrastructure groups, Stockton Borough Council was doing the opposite. The VCS were fully involved in a consultation to review the funding structures and support packages available from the council, with their views taken on board to make sure the process was done in a fair and Compact compliant manner.

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