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This website explores the Compact, the longstanding agreement that sets out shared principles and guidelines for effective partnership working between government and the third sector in England.

The Compact stands for better partnership working and creating better outcomes for individuals and local communities. Its commitments are divided into three areas covering 'involvement in policy development', 'allocating resources' and 'advancing equality'.

Here, you can find out about the work of key organisations associated with the Compact, read about current policy and research work and the latest news, download useful documents and guidance, and share examples of good practice taking place in Local Compacts.

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Compact Features

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    A refreshed national Compact is now available.

The Compact  - Commitments             An Introduction to the Compact

Download a pdf of The Compact
Download a pdf of An introduction to the Compact
Hard copies of the Compact will be available in the New Year.
Order hard copies online or call 0121 237 5905.
More details on the refresh process


    YPLA commits to the Compact1 Apr 2010
    The Commission for the Compact welcomes an announcement by the Chief Executive of the Young People's Learning Agency (YPLA), publicly committing the new agency to fully implementing the Compact.
    Celebrating the Compact in action1 Apr 2010
    A publication highlighting the winners of the Compact Awards 2009 is now available.
    MPs debate the third sector in Westminster Hall31 Mar 2010
    A Westminster Hall debate on the third sector was held on the 11th March 2010, focusing on the Government and third sector's assistance provided to communities.


A new online resource containing Compact related research papers


Read more about the Compact Refresh process and consultation


Find out who the winners were at the Compact Awards 2009


The Compact Annual Meeting will take place on 1 February 2010


Read the findings from the Compact Champions research