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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.

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

Judicial review

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.

Briefing: The Compact and Clinical Commissioning Groups

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This short briefing provides a quick overview of what the Compact is, what local Compacts are and why Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) should engage with their local Compact.

CCGs using their local Compact sends a strong message they they are willing to strengthen relationships with local voluntary organisations - among other benefits.

Briefing: The Lobbying Bill - Overview, practical impact of the Bill and how it relates to the Compact

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This short briefing provides an overview of The Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill (often referred to as the Lobbying Bill).

Briefing: Guidance on maintaining the independence of local Healthwatch


Compact Voice, Healthwatch England and Regional Voices have published guidance on how local Healthwatch can maintain independence despite being directly funded by local authorities.

The guidance stresses the importance of independence and local Healthwatch maintaining a 'critical friend' approach with funders, and provides an overview of the tools available to ensure independence is upheld.

Response: Compact Voice on CLG consultation into 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'.

Briefing: Central Government’s Implementation of the Compact – a Progress Report on Current Activities

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This update was produced as part of Compact Week 2012. It contains an overview of some of the work Compact Voice has undertaken with various departments over the preceding 12 months, and a information on how each central government department is taking an active role in promoting the principles of the Compact.

Briefing: What should voluntary organisations expect from government in the age of localism?

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As part of the Compact Week conference in 2012, Compact Voice hosted a panel debate where speakers discussed the question 'what can voluntary and community organisations expect from government in the age of localism?'.

We also asked a selection of leading figures and opinion formers in the voluntary and public sectors to share their thoughts on the topic, and compiled their answers into a single document. This is available to download here.