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15 November 2013
Latest blogs

Joe PowellGuest blogJoe Powell, the Deputy Director of the Open Government Partnership Support Unit, discusses their Summit in London. Read more.

Rachel for blogRachel Wharton discusses why proposed changes to Judicial Review have us worried. Read more.


arrowpurplelgoBriefing: Helping Police and Crime Commissioners to engage with the voluntary sector and the Compact. Read more.

arrowpinklgeClinical Commissioning Groups and the Compact: This briefing provides an overview of how the Compact can help CCGs engage with the voluntary sector.
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arrowyellowlgeBriefing on The Lobbying Bill: This document contains an overview of the Bill, its practical impact and how it relates to the Compact.
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arrowgreenlgeMaintaining the Independence of Local Healthwatch: Produced by Regional Voices, Healthwatch England and Compact Voice.
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Latest news from Compact Voice
The big news this week was the announcement of the winners of the 2013 Compact Awards at a ceremony on Wednesday 6th November. 

The ceremony was hosted by Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society and Simon Blake OBE, Chair of Compact Voice. Many thanks to those who attended the ceremony, and to everyone who entered the Awards. This year’s Awards were widely regarded as the most successful to date, so we hope to make next year even better.

It was an especially tough competition in 2013: the judges all agreed that the nominations received this year were the strongest to date. Many congratulations to all of the winners, who are listed below. 

We’ve also compiled all of the shortlisted nominations into a PDF booklet, which you can download here (2MB). 

Thanks also to everyone who got involved in Compact Week last week. Activities run by voluntary sector groups and local authorities took place right across England, as well as in central government. A round up of some of the events is below.

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Kelly Ventress
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Compact Week 2013 round up

flag penThis year’s Compact Week ran from November 4-8 and saw an impressive number of activities taking place to raise awareness of the Compact – both locally and nationally.

Organisations and departments invited the team to visit and we distributed leaflets and copies of the Compact via exhibition stands. Others included copy about the Compact in internal bulletins and websites, put up posters, added the Compact to the agenda at meetings and much more.

Some of the activities that took place are highlighted here: please do let us know of any other activities that took place in your local area, so we can pass them on as ideas for other areas to use next year (or throughout the year!).
  • Compact Voice facilitated stands at the Department for Transport and Cabinet Office over two lunchtimes, handing out materials and chatting to civil servants
  • The new Liverpool Compact was soft launched in an event on Friday 8 November. Cath Cook, Compact Voice’s Engagement Development Officer in the north, spoke at the event and has been helping with the refresh process. Read the draft Liverpool Compact here.
  • We distributed over 600 Compact notebooks and as many of our flag pens
Compact Voice’s staff, who are based in locations across England, attended events including:
  • The Compact and Commissioning event in Warrington 
  • South West Forum’s Conference on the Independence of the VCS in Exeter 
  • Compact events in Stevenage and South Gloucestershire
  • Spoke about the Compact at Bournemouth CVS’s AGM
  • Gosport Compact’s conference
  • The Locality Annual Conference in Leicester
We’d love to hear what you were up to, or how we could better support you during next year’s Compact Week. Please do get in touch.  
Compact Award winners announced

nickhurd enewsThe Compact Award winners were announced at a very well-received drinks reception on Wednesday 6 November.

The full list of winners is available on our website, and you can read their excellent entries in the Shortlist Nominations Booklet.

Announcing the winners, Simon Blake, Chair of Compact Voice, said 
"The winners demonstrate how partnerships really do make a massive difference. This year’s nominations were the strongest in my time of judging the Compact Awards and the winners reflect the importance of partnership working in the new policy and commissioning context."

Congratulations to all of the winners.
Open Government Partnership publish National Action Plan

ogpThe Open Government Partnership (OGP) National Action Plan has now been published. It was developed by government in partnership with a range of civil society organisations, including Compact Voice. 

It sets out a series of commitments the UK government is making to improve transparency, participation and accountability.  

The plan makes reference to Compact principles throughout, particularly Principle 2, which outlines the need for effective and transparent design and developments of policies, programmes and public services.

Read more and download the National Action Plan on our website.

Why proposed changes to Judicial Review have us worried

mojCompact Voice have recently responded to proposed changes to the Judicial Review process. We raised several concerns in the response: some of the proposed changes could have far-reaching implications for the voluntary sector.

Rachel Wharton, Compact Voice’s research assistant, has provided a basic overview of what Judicial Review is, what the proposed changes are and what concerns we have in her latest blog

New guidance for voluntary organisations and Clinical Commissioning Groups

health imageCompact Voice has developed a 2 page guide to help voluntary organisations to engage with Clinical Commissioning Groups.

The briefing is designed for voluntary organisations to give to CCGs to encourage them to work with the VCS wherever possible, highlighting the benefits of doing so, and how the Compact can help.

Download the briefing on our website.

In other news, NHS England has also published ‘Transforming Participation in Health and Care’. Importantly, it includes a section on working with the voluntary and community sector (page 10).
Download it here.

Latest on the Lobbying Bill

compact lobbying billThe government has agreed to pause the Lobbying Bill for six weeks, in order to allow ministers to rethink plans to regulate the way charities campaign, especially during general elections. More information via the Guardian.

We have been posting updates on our website, as and when they happen.

Compact Voice has also published a briefing on the Lobbying Bill, which is intended to be a short, accessible overview of the Bill and what the potential implications are.

Information on engaging with Police and Crime Commissioners

PCCWe have produced a briefing for voluntary organisations, containing an overview of why Police and Crime Commissioners should engage with the VCS, what the Compact is and how some voluntary organisations have influenced the PCCs agenda to date.

If you are from a voluntary sector organisation and are working with your PCC, we’d be very keen to hear from you. We would like to share any good practice and experiences organisations have had with others who may be at an earlier stage in the relationship. 

Download the briefing on our website. It is available in long and short versions, depending on your needs.

Sad loss of a true Compact champion

chris frostI am sure many of you have heard the sad news about Chris Frost, Chief Executive of MVSC and long standing member of Compact Voice’s board, who passed away on Thursday 7th November. 

The Compact Voice team will really miss her – we have put a short tribute to her on our website, and there is also something on the Merton Connected website. Our thoughts are with all of you in Merton.

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