Annual survey of local Compacts published

compact bannerCompact Voice is pleased to launch the latest annual survey of local Compacts.

The report provides an insight into the key issues facing local Compacts, how they are working and how national policy developments are having an impact locally.

The survey of local Compacts was carried out against a backdrop of wide-reaching reforms to the statutory landscape at local level.

In this general election year, all the main political parties have committed to continue devolving budgets and decision making to the local level, so a localised statutory landscape is likely to remain in place in some form for the foreseeable future.

This has implications not only for the work of Compact Voice, but also for wider work by both the voluntary sector and government in support of the policies and practices of partnership working.

The survey sought to gain a better understanding of how these changes are having an impact on local areas, how voluntary organisations are working with new commissioning bodies, and how Compact Voice can work to support this further throughout 2015.

Despite challenges, the survey shows that local Compacts continue to be seen as a significant and vital tool for partnership working at local level.

It paints a picture of local Compacts as live and active works in progress to which both the statutory and voluntary sectors continue to express active commitment.

Some of the key findings include:

  • 85.4% of respondents either agreed or strongly agreed that the Compact is important and effort needs to be made to implement it in full.
  • When asked what would improve the effectiveness of their local Compact, ‘building stronger links with local commissioners’ has been cited increasingly often. In 2012, 25% of respondents thought that building better links with local commissioners would improve the effectiveness of their local Compact. In 2014, this figure is 36%.
  • Twice as many local Compacts count a Clinical Commissioning Group as amongst their signatories as they did in 2013.
  • The number of Police and Crime Commissioners who have formally signed up to their local Compact has also grown exponentially since 2013 – from 3% to 12% of areas.
In response to these findings, Compact Voice has been working on producing a series of practical briefings aimed at supporting engagements between voluntary organisations and commissioning bodies.

Download the 2014 Annual Survey of Local Compacts from our Resources section.



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