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Third Sector Research Centre report into partnership working published

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The Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC) has published a new research report called ‘Partnership Working’. The report aimed to gain an understanding of voluntary sector partnership working – both within and between sectors.

The research contains some interesting findings, and the policy implications outlined in the conclusion will be of particular interest to our members.

Consultation: Joint strategic needs assessments and joint health and wellbeing strategies

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There is just over a month left to respond to the Department of Health’s consultation on draft guidance. The guidance will provide a framework for NHS and local government to work together to undertake joint strategic needs assessments and health and wellbeing strategies.
The consultation closes on 28 September. Compact Voice will be responding to this consultation – we will post our response online once it has been submitted.

Read more here.

Eric Pickles: Department now publishing all spend over £250

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The Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) have agreed to publish all spend data over £250, an important step towards making government spending more transparent.

Compact Voice have been compiling the responses to the Freedom of Information requests we issued recently, what has become clear is that the information about spending that is held by public bodies is very mixed. We will be publishing the full report of the FOI responses next week.

Read more about CLG’s transparency pledge on their website.

Carlisle Council sign up to local Compact

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Compact Voice have been supporting the Cumbria Compact Steering Group as part of our Priority Areas Programme. We have been supporting the Steering Group in their work to sign up 4 councils in the area to their local Compact. Carlisle City Council signed up to the Compact on Tuesday: this is excellent news.

Shadow a colleague in a government department

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NCVO's 'A Day in the Life' programme is a free work shadowing initiative which provides an opportunity for staff in voluntary and community organisations and participating government departments to step into each other's shoes for a day.

NCVO policy 'suggestion box' launched

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NCVO have launched a new 'suggestion box' on their website called Tell NCVO, which is designed to be an easy way to feed in thoughts on NCVO's policy positions. Suggestions, comments, queries or concerns surrounding policy work are encouraged - visit to find out more.

Healthwatch England consultation underway

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The Department of Health are running a consultation into the membership of Healthwatch England. 

Trafford Council replaces library staff with volunteers

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This week Trafford Council announced that it was removing all of its paid staff from two local libraries and replacing them with volunteers, according to Third Sector.

NAO to review effectiveness of central government's communication with local government

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The National Audit Office (NAO) have announced that they will be undertaking a study examining the impact of central government bodies' communications and engagement - with a focus on the local experience of central government.

Independence Panel's report published

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The Panel on the Independence of the Voluntary Sector have published their first report. 'Protecting Independence: The Voluntary Sector in 2012' outlines some of the key challenges facing voluntary organisations' independence, and outlines a number of 'Lessons from the Work Programme'. The report is the first of five.

Download the full report here (pdf).

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