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Briefings and guidance

This section contains a collection of briefings, guidance and publications on topics affecting the voluntary and community sector.

Working with Local Enterprise Partnerships: A guide for voluntary organisations

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This short briefing provides an overview of Local Enterprise Partnerships - what they are, how they work and how voluntary organisations can engage with them. 

It also highlights why it is useful for LEPs to sign up to a local Compact agreement in their area - something which is happening increasingly often.

Lobbying Act: Briefing for local Compacts and voluntary organisations


This short briefing provides a plain English overview of the impact the Lobbying Act is likely to have when it comes into place in September 2014.

The briefing is aimed at voluntary and community organisations who may engage in non-party campaigning. It explains what the rules are and how the Act relates to the Compact. 

It also clarifies what some of the controversial aspects of the Act - such as spending thresholds and regulated activity - may mean in practice for your organisation.

Impact Report 2013-14

Compact Voice's 2013-14 Impact Report highlights what we've worked on throughout the year. 

This includes how we collaborated with government departments at a national level, the achievements of our Local Engagement Officers working across the country, and how we've highlighted and shared good practice in cross-sector partnership working.

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.

Understanding social value: The implications for local Compacts and the voluntary sector

Published in March 2014, this detailed guidance covers what social value is, what's covered by the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012, requirements on local authorities and how the Compact and social value relate to each other.

The briefing is intended to be easy to understand and provides a number of practical case studies and practical actions to take.

Changes to Judicial Review: What was proposed, what was agreed and what the changes mean

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Compact Voice have produced a short two page briefing on some of the changes that were proposed to the process of Judicial Review.

The briefing intends to be an easy-to-understand overview of what is an often complex legal area, but one which can have an impact on voluntary and community organisations - particularly those that campaign on the behalf of their service users.

Addressing tricky Compact questions

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The attached document is a compilation of some of the trickier questions we often hear asked about the Compact. This includes things like "if the Compact isn't legally binding, then doesn't that mean it has no 'teeth'?", " what is Compact Voice doing to support commissioners?".

Response: Judicial Review consultation


Compact Voice have submitted a response to the Ministry of Justice's consultation into proposed reforms to the Judicial Review process.

Briefing: The Compact and Police and Crime Commissioners

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This guidance makes the case for why Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) should engage with their local Compact.

It includes information about what local Compacts are and how they can help with areas like improving outcomes of local services and managing risk. It also includes a case study exploring how local Compact partners in Gloucestershire have engaged with their PCC.

Briefing: The Compact and Clinical Commissioning Groups

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This short briefing provides a quick overview of what the Compact is, what local Compacts are and why Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) should engage with their local Compact.

CCGs using their local Compact sends a strong message they they are willing to strengthen relationships with local voluntary organisations - among other benefits.

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