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Compact refresh consultation launched

20 July 2009

Compact_Logo09.jpgA consultation paper on a revised national Compact, the longstanding agreement that sets out shared commitments and guidelines for working between the Government and the third sector in England, has been published.

The consultation has been produced by the key organisations associated with the Compact including Compact Voice, the independent body which represents the voluntary and community sector on taking forward the Compact, the Office of the Third Sector and the Commission for the Compact.

Angela Smith MP, Minister for the Third Sector, said:

“The Compact has made a real difference to people and communities, and eleven years on the commitment from the Government remains as firm as ever.

“I want to ensure that the Compact remains relevant so that both the public sector and third sector organisations can continue to reap the benefits of effective partnership working.”

Simon Blake, Chair of Compact Voice, said:

“This is one of the best opportunities we have to shape the ‘rules of engagement’ between government and the sector for the coming years.  Compact Voice needs voluntary and community sector organisations of all shapes, sizes and social purposes to tell us what they want to give and get from the relationship with the state.  Great strides have been made over the last decade following publication of the original agreement, and there is much more still to be done.  The ‘refreshed’ Compact will help achieve those goals.”

Sir Bert Massie CBE, Commissioner for the Compact, said:

“Over the last few months, we have reviewed the original Compact and revised and ‘refreshed’ it, taking into account recent developments in law, policy and practice.  Now we are moving into the public consultation phase and we need your views.  This is the time for everyone with an interest in the Compact to influence it.”

The consultation closes on Monday 12 October 2009.  The final version of the revised national Compact will be launched later this year during Compact Week (Monday 2 to Sunday 8 November 2009).

You can download the consultation document via the link below or for more information and further details on how to contribute to the consultation, please visit:

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