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Consultations on the community empowerment rights are out now

Three new consultations have been recently launched, introducing policies and initiatives which have an impact on the voluntary and community sector, particularly at local level.
 

Season's Greetings from all at Compact Voice

Compact Voice and Compact Advocacy

At Compact Voice we've had an eventful year in 2010; the renewed Compact was finally launched, staff have come and gone, the voluntary sector has seen unprecedented cuts starting to hit home, and our partner organisation the Commission for the Compact announced it will shut its doors by April 2011.

Breakdown of cuts to Town Hall grants announced

Yesterday the Coalition Government announced the breakdown of how cuts to local authority grants – averaging 4.4% – will be distributed amongst councils following October’s Spending Review.
 

Compact Voice increasingly concerned over delay to Compact approval by Government

Compact on table with blurred background

Today we have learned that delays to the approval process within government mean that the renewed National Compact, originally timetabled for release at the end of November, is now likely to be published next week.

Compact Voice concerned about Commissioning green paper

Modernising Commissioning coverToday the Office for Civil Society launched a consultation on ‘Modernising Commissioning’, which outlines some key steps to increase the involvement of the voluntary and community sector in public service delivery. Included in the consultation are suggestions to increase the use of Merlin Standards – which outlines principles of good partnership in commissioning - across government. The Merlin Standards were winners at this year’s Compact Awards

Renewed Compact will be slightly delayed

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The renewed Compact, which was scheduled for release at the end of November 2010, will now not be released until early December. In the interim both the existing national Compact (PDF 395KB) will continue to apply throughout England.

Compact principles must be observed in any cuts following spending review

Chancellor George Osborne

The October spending review marks the beginning of a potentially difficult period for the country, and all parts of society are aware they will need to make sacrifices to help pull the nation out of its excessive debt. The axe will fall on publicly-funded services at a national and local level, and charities will in turn face income reduction and in some cases closure.

Government departments pledge commitment to the Compact during difficult financial times

As the roll-out of recent spending cuts to public services continues, Compact Voice is pleased to learn that The Department of Health (DH) and the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) have both announced new initiatives to promote their commitment to the Compact.

Prime Minister gives his support to the Compact

During yesterday's launch of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat's 'Big Society', David Cameron announced a number of initiatives which he states will further support the charity and voluntary sector, and pledged his government's commitment to "renew

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