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Briefings & responses

This section contains a collection of briefings on topics and policies affecting the voluntary and community sector, along with Compact Voice's responses to consultations.

Labour consultation 'Renewing our Bond with the Third Sector': Compact Voice response

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Compact Voice responded to the Labour party's consultation into 'Renewing our bond with the Third Sector' in September 2014.

The key recommendations we made are outlined here, and you can download our full response here also.

Judicial review: Briefing for local Compacts and voluntary organisations

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This briefing note explains what judicial review is (and what it isn’t), how it works in practice and the main issues that voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations need to consider. 

Responding to consultations effectively: Tips for voluntary organisations

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This short guidance has been developed following discussions with representatives from a range of government departments.  

These short tips aim to help voluntary organisations to respond effectively and efficiently to any departmental consultation, ensuring that their voices – and those of their service users – are heard and listened to.

Working with Local Enterprise Partnerships: A guide for voluntary organisations

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This short briefing provides an overview of Local Enterprise Partnerships - what they are, how they work and how voluntary organisations can engage with them. 

It also highlights why it is useful for LEPs to sign up to a local Compact agreement in their area - something which is happening increasingly often.

Lobbying Act: Briefing for local Compacts and voluntary organisations


This short briefing provides a plain English overview of the impact the Lobbying Act is likely to have when it comes into place in September 2014.

The briefing is aimed at voluntary and community organisations who may engage in non-party campaigning. It explains what the rules are and how the Act relates to the Compact. 

It also clarifies what some of the controversial aspects of the Act - such as spending thresholds and regulated activity - may mean in practice for your organisation.

Understanding how local authorities work with the voluntary and community sector

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Compact Voice spend and engagement research 2013/14

In October 2013, Compact Voice developed a research project to examine how local authorities were spending on, and engaging with, their local voluntary and community sector. This briefing provides a short overview of the responses we received.

Understanding social value: The implications for local Compacts and the voluntary sector

Published in March 2014, this detailed guidance covers what social value is, what's covered by the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012, requirements on local authorities and how the Compact and social value relate to each other.

The briefing is intended to be easy to understand and provides a number of practical case studies and practical actions to take.

Changes to Judicial Review: What was proposed, what was agreed and what the changes mean

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Compact Voice have produced a short two page briefing on some of the changes that were proposed to the process of Judicial Review.

The briefing intends to be an easy-to-understand overview of what is an often complex legal area, but one which can have an impact on voluntary and community organisations - particularly those that campaign on the behalf of their service users.

Response: Judicial Review consultation


Compact Voice have submitted a response to the Ministry of Justice's consultation into proposed reforms to the Judicial Review process.

Briefing: The Compact and Police and Crime Commissioners

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This guidance makes the case for why Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) should engage with their local Compact.

It includes information about what local Compacts are and how they can help with areas like improving outcomes of local services and managing risk. It also includes a case study exploring how local Compact partners in Gloucestershire have engaged with their PCC.