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Talking vs litigation - Compact brokerage predicted to save £500,000 public funds: Guest Blog from Mark Hubbard, Voscur

In this guest blog, Mark Hubbard, Compact Liaison Officer at Voscur, talks about how Bristol’s local Compact and the relationships that have developed as a result of it enabled a dispute between Bristol City Council and a local voluntary organisation to be resolved out of court, avoiding substantial legal costs and damage to cross-sector relationships.

The importance of infrastructure for partnership working

The Big Assist National Conference took place in London last week. The conference featured talks and workshops on issues affecting voluntary sector infrastructure organisations. In this blog post, we reflect on the role of infrastructure organisations in cross-sector partnership working.

Voluntary sector plays a key role in fighting crime: Guest blog from Martin Surl, Gloucestershire PCC

In this guest blog, Martin Surl, Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire, talks about the role volunteers and the voluntary sector play in reducing crime in Gloucestershire, and why he continues to be committed to funding voluntary organisations.

North Tyneside: Creating Social Value

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The North Tyneside Health and Social Value Group, which includes the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), local authority and voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector, jointly produced a framework for embedding social value in procurement activity to deliver benefits to local disadvantaged communities.  In addition to raising awareness, the social value framework takes account of local priorities agreed by the North Tyneside Strategic Partnership (NTSP) and the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA), and will be considered as part of all local procurement exercises, not just those above the EU threshold.

Practical guide to engaging with Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs)

This guide for voluntary organisations provides practical steps to follow to develop relationships with Local enterprise partnerships (LEPs).

Produced in partnership with NCVO this briefing 
gives an overview of how LEPs work and sets out some practical tips to help you engage with these increasingly important partners for accessing European funding.

Health check: why our sector matters for health and wellbeing

Last month saw the launch of a major joint review into the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector’s contribution to health and wellbeing. The review will consider whether partnerships between government and the sector are operating in the most effective way possible and how they might work better in future.

Funding Review 2014: How have partnerships changed through the downturn?

In this guest blog, NCVO's Andrew O'Brien provides an overview of how a group of organisations are working together to review the financial sustainability of the voluntary sector. 

Here, Andrew considers what this means for partnership working and the Compact, and how you can contribute your experiences.

Understanding how local authorities work with the voluntary and community sector

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Compact Voice spend and engagement research 2013/14

In October 2013, Compact Voice developed a research project to examine how local authorities were spending on, and engaging with, their local voluntary and community sector. This briefing provides a short overview of the responses we received.

Briefing: Guidance on maintaining the independence of local Healthwatch


Compact Voice, Healthwatch England and Regional Voices have published guidance on how local Healthwatch can maintain independence despite being directly funded by local authorities.

The guidance stresses the importance of independence and local Healthwatch maintaining a 'critical friend' approach with funders, and provides an overview of the tools available to ensure independence is upheld.

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