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Survey findings highlight gap in perceptions between statutory and voluntary and community sectors

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Today Compact Voice has published findings from its recent survey of local Compact groups. The survey was sent to every local Compact area in England, with over three quarters providing information about how their local partnership agreement was working.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Exchange report into the Big Society: 'More needs to be done to engage voluntary sector'

David Cameron at the launch of the Big Society (2010)

The think tank Civil Exchange has recently published a report following their audit into the Big Society.

The findings make an interesting contribution to the debate about the government’s often divisive flagship policy.

Annual survey of local Compacts: One week left!

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The Compact Voice annual survey of local Compacts is now open.

Compact Voice are encouraging voluntary and community organisations to take 10 minutes to fill in the survey – and are offering everyone who completes the survey the chance to win an Amazon Kindle.

The survey closes on Friday, 11th May 2012 - complete it now for your chance to win. 

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.
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