The national Compact. Tom Elkins Compact Voice Manager 23rd April 2013. What is the Compact?. Agreement between government and the voluntary and community sector Sets out principles and commitments for both the voluntary sector and government Applies only to England
Compact Voice Manager
23rd April 2013
Agreement between government and the voluntary and community sector
Sets out principles and commitments for both the voluntary sector and government
Applies only to England
Based on engagement with government and the voluntary sector
First published in 1998, based on recommendations set out in a report from the Deakin Commission into relationships between sectors.
Initially accompanied by five Compact codes
Local Compacts introduced in 2000
Commission for the Compact established in 2007
Compact refreshed in 2009 – consolidated codes into one document
In 2010, change in government announced renewal of the Compact, and closure of the Commission
December 2010 – renewed Compact launched
Membership organisation – 2850 members
Provides training and support for Compacts both locally and nationally
Shares examples of good practice
Annual comprehensive membership survey
Organises and promotes Compact Week and Awards
Covers a number of key topics:
Independence and the right to campaign
Consulting with charities when developing policies
Supporting charities to deliver projects and services
Understanding the impact of changes to funding and other forms of support
Protecting and considering disadvantaged groups
Since renewed government introduced in 2010, central government has strengthened its use in a variety of ways:
Voluntary agreement but government departments are expected to follow it
National Audit Office report into compliance and implementation - NAO’s findings highlighted high levels of support in government
Included in department business plans
Supported through other policies – Best Value Guidance, JSNA guidance
Ombudsmen can investigate and enforce
Referenced in various policy documents
Five key principles
Leadership and ownership of the Compact’s implementation should be supported by proper arrangements
Arrangements should support internal and external reporting on the Compact’s implementation
Arrangements should support the identification and dissemination of good practice to help improve performance
Arrangements should support the evaluation of the Compact’s implementation
Arrangements should encourage transparent relationships with Civil Society
A senior responsible officer is a visible contact point for civil society
Cross-departmental groups/ cross government groups focusing on the Compact
Advisory Boards including representatives of the sector
Annual Report disclosures concerning the Compact
Communications with Non-Departmental Public Bodies about the Compact
Events for supply chain providers about the department’s policy agenda and expectations
Peer reviews and Internal Audits of Compact implementation
Internal events and guidance on Compact working
Strategic Partners Programme (focusing on the sector)
Incorporating the Compact into new policy and guidance
Compact kitemark: accredited by Compact Voice or internal self assessment
Ensure compliance with the Civil Society Compact, including collaborative working with the civil society sector.
Senior Responsible Officer role profile (Grade 3 Civil Servant or above)
To be a visible point of contact for the department’s engagement with the VCS sector and the Compact.
Be in regular contact with Compact Voice.
To recruit and work with the Responsible Officer.
To oversee the championing and promoting The Compact across the department.
To regularly identify and share best practice examples.
To ensure the department’s activities are Compact compliant.
To lead and be accountable for the department’s implementation of the NAO report recommendations on the Compact.
To disseminate best practice and case studies provided by Compact Voice.
To disseminate insights from local engagement work provided by Compact Voice.
Share and identify good working between the VCS sector and central government and share with the Responsible Officers in other departments.
To monitor consultations taking place in the department, and ensure the Compact guidance is adhered to.
To look into and where possible resolve potential breaches of the Compact, and work with relevant departmental representatives and Compact Voice or OCS in investigating these.
To keep track of major policy announcements / speeches or other relevant policy opportunities where the Compact / VCS sector is relevant.
To coordinate up-to-date website content and information on the department’s work on partnerships with the VCS and the Compact, supported by Compact Voice.
To inform all members of staff in their department about the commitments of the Compact. Example activities:
Regular training sessions for the department on the Compact and working with the VCS sector for Civil Servants.
Sharing best practice examples with colleagues.
Disseminating insights provided by Compact Voice’s engagement work around the department.
Let Compact Voice and OCS know about potential opportunities for the VCS sector in the department
Local Compacts the department’s work on partnerships with the VCS and the Compact, supported by Compact Voice.
Compact Voice Manager
14th December 2012
172 active local Compactsacross England
Most areas have a local Compact - 9 areas not covered by a local Compact
3local Compacts are inactive
Use similar principles to National Compact
High levels of support for local Compacts
Local Compact groups support local partnerships
Government priorities around localism – key role for local groups
82% respondents agree that effort needs to be made to implement it in full
52% “agreed strongly”
Public Sector the department’s work on partnerships with the VCS and the Compact, supported by Compact Voice.
Best Value Statutory Guidance
“Authorities should be responsive to the benefits and needs of voluntary and community sector organisations of all sizes (honouring the commitments set out in Local Compacts) and small businesses.
Government Procurement Pledge
“The commitments set out in the Procurement Pledge will make public procurement more accessible to civil society organisations looking to be involved in the design and/or delivery of public goods and services and will help to successfully implement the procurement related principles of the Compact.”
Code of Practice on Consultation
“…longer and more detailed consultation will be needed in situations where smaller, more vulnerable organisations such as small charities could be affected. The principles of the Compact between government and the voluntary and community sector will continue to be respected.”
Priority Areas Programme
Briefings and guidance
Training and speaking
Freedom of Information campaigns
Compact Week and Awards
Annual local Compact survey
www.compactvoice.org.uk the department’s work on partnerships with the VCS and the Compact, supported by Compact Voice.