Information from our partners at Voice 4 Change:
The renewed Compact has been launched with supplementing accountability measures at the APPG on Civil Society on Tuesday 14 December 2010 by Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society. In his speech he reiterated the opportunities open to VCS organisations as well as reaffirming the Government's commitment to the Compact and the importance of the introduction of the accountability mechanisms which accompany it.
Voice 4 Change welcomes the launch of the renewed shorter and more concise national Compact and is very pleased to see that the Government has committed to implementing and complying with the Compact evidenced through the accountability measures. We welcome most commitments within the renewed Compact in particular those linking with existing equality legislation and the public sector equality duty. We also are pleased to see the recognition within the renewed Compact of the need to resource both national and local support organisations to assist CSOs in their work and to deliver positive outcomes.
V4CE's BME Compact Officer will be working in the new year to provide more links to useful resources, regular updates on news as well as information about training opportunities and how we can help you to use the Compact not only to strengthen your relationships with statutory partners, but also how you can use it to challenge decisions made. Additionally he will be renewing the Compact and You (linked) training manual to align it with the renewed Compact.
If you have any views on what information you would like in our resources (e.g. more signposting, case studies, more information on challenging funding cuts) please email Ravi Chauhan.
We will also be working closely with Compact Voice, the VCS representative for the Compact, to identify areas in which the Compact is not working as well as it should be, and to mediate negotiations between VCS organisations and statutory partners to improve the Compact in these areas. If you feel the Compact is not working in your area, or you would merely like some advice, or you have any views on the renewed national Compact email Ravi Chauhan.
Download renewed Compact
Download the Compact Accountability & Transparency Guide
Read the Statement of Support from the Voluntary Sector