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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.

Local authorities and the voluntary sector: Investigating funding and engagement

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In 2012, Compact Voice issued a series of Freedom of Information Act requests to every local authority in England, and to every government department.

This report analyses the findings from the responses received from local authorities in England. Read the press release, and view the raw data received here.

Government and the voluntary sector: investigating funding and engagement


In 2012, Compact Voice issued a series of Freedom of Information Act requests to every local authority in England, and to every government department.

This report analyses the findings from the government departments' responses. Read the press release, and view the raw data received here.

Briefing: Central Government’s Implementation of the Compact – a Progress Report on Current Activities

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This update was produced as part of Compact Week 2012. It contains an overview of some of the work Compact Voice has undertaken with various departments over the preceding 12 months, and a information on how each central government department is taking an active role in promoting the principles of the Compact.

Briefing: What should voluntary organisations expect from government in the age of localism?

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As part of the Compact Week conference in 2012, Compact Voice hosted a panel debate where speakers discussed the question 'what can voluntary and community organisations expect from government in the age of localism?'.

We also asked a selection of leading figures and opinion formers in the voluntary and public sectors to share their thoughts on the topic, and compiled their answers into a single document. This is available to download here.

Briefing: Social value and the implications for local Compacts

social value guidance

This briefing has now been updated and a 2014 version is available here.

This briefing aims to help local Compact groups to get to grips with the concept of social value - and in particular the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012, which comes into force in January 2013.

It provides an overview of what social value is, describes the key aspects of the Act, and discusses how it relates to the principles contained in both the national and local Compacts.

Annual Local Compact Survey 2012: Results

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This is the results of our second annual survey of local Compacts. 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.

The report contains detailed analysis of the results, alongside information broken down by region.

Briefing: Best Value Guidance and the Compact

best value guidance briefing

This briefing note provides information about how the principles of the Compact and their use locally can help deliver better communities.

It highlights how these principles are complementary to those found in the Department for Communities and Local Government’s recently published ‘Best Value Statutory Guidance', and gives practical advice about how both can be used to ensure more effective partnerships.

This briefing was jointly produced by Compact Voice and the Department for Communities and Local Government. 

Compact Implementation Guide: For Black and Minority Ethnic Voluntary Organisations

BME Guide

This guide will help organisations in the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) voluntary and community sector (including social enterprises), and public bodies work together more effectively by using the principles of the Compact.

Informing and influencing the new local health landscape: A guide for local Compacts

health guide

This guidance provides a detailed overview of the new health landscape, providing information about local health reform, how it will impact upon local Compact partnerships and what local Compacts can do to influence and engage with the new health landscape.

Compact Voice Impact Report 2011

Impact report

Compact Voice's 2011 Impact Report offers a summary of what we've been up to throughout the 2011 - 2012 financial year, along with an overview of the key developments for Compact working over this period.

Download the Impact Report here.

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