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Roundtables on VCSE involvement in health and wellbeing

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Compact Voice, NCVO and ACEVO are inviting expressions of interest from voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations who wish to participate in roundtables looking at how to improve the capacity and sustainability of the sector in relation to health and wellbeing.

Invitation to join the UK Open Government Forum


The UK Open Government Forum are encouraging voluntary and community organisations to join their network of civil society organisations.
Open government is the idea that government works better for citizens when it is transparent, engaged and accountable.
The network allows voluntary organisations to play a role in developing the processes needed to open up government budgets, contracts, datasets, decision-making, information, policymaking and public services.

DWP internal Compact awards celebrate partnership working


The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) recently organised an internal Compact Awards to celebrate good practice in partnership working within the department.
The Awards received over 30 nominations, which celebrated partnerships developed by different DWP teams from across the country, and voluntary and community organisations.

New project to give patients, public and VCS a voice on NHS England

NHS England has developed a new project called NHS Citizen, which aims to enable engagement and communication with the public, patients and voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations. 

Short briefing on Judicial Review changes published


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 a relatively complex legal area, and one which can have an impact on voluntary and community organisations - particularly those that campaign on the behalf of their service users.

Cabinet Office publish 'Social Value Act: One Year On'

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The Cabinet Office have published a useful update on the the Public Services (Social Value) Act - which came into place in January 2013.

Latest on the Open Government Partnership National Action Plan

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Over the course of last year, Compact Voice have worked closely with a variety of government departments and other voluntary sector organisations to help develop the UK's Open Government Partnership (OGP).
The UK representatives have just published a new report exploring lessons learnt while developing their National Action Plan, with a view to sharing what they have learnt with the other countries involved in the partnership.

Draft Guidance on Transparency for local authorities: Compact Voice response

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The Department for Communities and Local Government have published their draft 'Code of Recommended Practice for Local Authorities on Data Transparency'.
Late last year, we responded to DCLG's consultation looking at turning guidelines regarding data transparency into regulations.
DCLG welcomed comments on the newly published draft following the consultation, and you can read Compact Voice's response below.

Improving Local Government Transparency: Consultation response published

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Cabinet Office have released their response to the Improving Local Government Transparency Consultation.

The consultation response details plans to make the Code of Recommended Practice for Local Authorities on Data Transparency mandatory. 

From Open Data to Open Government

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Compact Voice has been working closely with a variety of government departments and other VCS organisations to help develop the UK's Open Government Partnership National Action Plan (NAP).
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