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Changes to ‘red tape’ around volunteering legislation


There have been some positive developments this week for the voluntary and community sector with the government introducing a series of measures to reduce red tape for volunteers.

The new legislation supports Compact principles, and one of the key changes is to radically improve the portability of CRB Certificates so people can volunteer with more than one organisation without needing multiple checks. 

Civil Society Minister emphasises importance of Compact compliance across government

Nick Hurd MP
Today, the Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd MP, has written to all government departments emphasising the importance of Compact-compliant consultations, sending them our ‘Meaningful Engagement’ briefing. This sets out how consultations should be delivered to ensure that engagement has the most positive impact and contribution to the design and development of policies and services.  Compact Voice drafted this guidance following engagement with the voluntary and community sector.

Compact Voice welcomes the NAO report into Central Government’s Implementation of the National Compact

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Today the National Audit Office (NAO) has published the findings from their inquiry into how government departments are implementing the Compact in their work. 

The inquiry - announced as part of the accountability and transparency measures which accompanied the renewed Compact in 2010 - highlights some key issues and makes a number of recommendations to improve departmental activities.

Secretary of State for Health encourages all NHS organisations to sign up to local Compacts

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Compact Voice recently wrote to the Health Secretary Andrew Lansley to express concerns we had heard from some local groups, that changes to the health policy landscape weren’t recognising the role that the Compact – both nationally and locally – should have.

Compact Voice respond to Third Sector editorial on Merlin Standard

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Compact Voice has written to Third Sector magazine in response to a recent editorial about the Merlin Standard and partnership working between the voluntary and community and private sectors.
A short version of the letter was published in the 6 December print edition of the magazine, and the full version is published below.

Compact Voice response to Open Public Services White Paper

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Compact Voice have responded to the Open Public Services White Paper, and you can download our response in full here. While the white paper asks specific questions, our submission provides a response about the consultation exercise, the context in which it was launched, and makes some comments on the text itself.

Government respond to equalities 'Red Tape Challenge' queries: Share your thoughts

The Government Equality Office have responded to a letter from Compact Voice about the 'Red Tape Challenge' into equalities. In the letter we raised concerns about the exercise taking the place of a full and comprehensive consultation into any proposed changes to the Equality Act. Read the response to our queries, and let us know what you think of it.

Compact Voice raises concerns about government thinking on equality

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Compact Voice have responded to the Government Equalities Office consultation 'Equality Act 2010: The public sector Equality Duty: reducing bureaucracy'.

An eventful time in Leeds, Bristol and London

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The Making Sense series of events has now ended. Compact Voice welcomed delegates from across the country in three afternoon sessions aimed at practical partnership solutions in these changing times.

Statement from Simon Blake, Chair of Compact Voice in response to Eric Pickles’ speech

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At NCVO's annual conference on 1 March, Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, made an important announcement in his speech about how he expects local government to work with local voluntary and community sector organisations. Compact Voice's Chair, Simon Blake responds.
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