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Update on MoJ's Judicial Review consultation


The Ministry of Justice has recently launched a consultation which proposes further changes to judicial review processes. The proposals include measures to "exclude persons who had only a political or theoretical interest, such as campaigning groups" from supporting judicial reviews.

Compact Voice briefing on the Lobbying Bill published

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Compact Voice have published a short briefing on The Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill (often referred to as the Lobbying Bill).

Compact principles ‘high priority’ for Ministry of Justice’s ‘Transforming Rehabilitation’ agenda

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Commitment to the Compact has been accepted as a ‘high priority’ for the Ministry of Justice's ‘Transforming Rehabilitation’ agenda following a report from 3SC.

The report was published in March after MoJ commissioned the organisation to devise an action plan to "set out what voluntary and community sector organisations need to do in order to overcome the barriers which prevent them from competing in the Payment by Results (PbR) market place".

Communities Minister reminds councils of importance of Compact and data transparency

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Compact Voice has welcomed a letter from the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to every local authority in England, reminding them of the important role of the voluntary and community sector.

The Rt Hon Don Foster MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at DCLG, reminded councils of the important role of local Compacts and of following government’s Best Value Guidance.

Cabinet Office civil society update published

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The Cabinet Office has published 'Making it easier for civil society to work with the state'. The document is a stocktake of progress toward the government's commitment to involve the voluntary and community sector in delivering services.

The document reiterates the government's commitment to Compact principles, and contains a case study from Gloucestershire.

Report reveals lack of accountability in government data


It is impossible to measure national government compliance with the Compact, according to a new report.

Compact Voice has today published a report detailing the responses to Freedom of Information Act requests, submitted by Compact Voice to 14 government departments.

Compact Voice submits response to consultation on DH guidance

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Compact Voice has submitted a response to the Department of Health’s draft guidance on developing Health and Wellbeing Board strategies and Joint Strategic Needs Assessments.
In it, we state that we are disappointed that the reference to local Compacts has been weakened from an earlier draft of the document published in January, and recommend that further clarification is made about the role of local Compact groups and agreements.

Compact Voice statement on government’s changes to Consultation Guidance


The Cabinet Office recently issued revised Consultation Principles, which replace the Code of Practice on Consultation. Government departments and other public bodies will use the principles for engaging stakeholders when developing policy and legislation.

Help for local Compacts on new health landscape published

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Compact Voice has today published ‘Informing and influencing the new local health landscape: a guide for local Compacts'.
The guide is designed to provide practical and straightforward guidance for local Compact partnerships, on how they can engage with the new health landscape.

Compact implementation outlined in government business plans


Government departments have now published their 2012 business plans. For the first time, these plans must address how each department will work to implement Compact principles in their dealings with the voluntary and community sector.

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