Compact talks on 'accountability measures' continue

Compact Voice wants the government to appoint an ombudsman to investigate breaches of the agreement between the voluntary and public sectors

Simon Blake, national director, Brook
Simon Blake, national director, Brook

Discussions are continuing between the government and Compact Voice about whether an ombudsman will be appointed to investigate breaches of the Compact.

Compact Voice, which represents the voluntary sector on the Compact, wants the "accountability measures" promised to strengthen the public-voluntary sector agreement to consist of an ombudsman.

The discussions follow the government’s decision to abolish the Commission for the Compact, which had been expected under the previous government to be given statutory powers to investigate breaches.

Compact Voice, chaired by Simon Blake, chief executive of the sexual health charity Brook, has conducted a consultation on the draft of a shorter version of the Compact, drawn up with the new government.

When the consultation was announced, CV said it wanted views from the sector on the revised document, "as well as on the measures to ensure accountability from government that will accompany it".

However, the consultation ended on 29 October and the accountability measures have not been published.

An OCS spokesman said: "We are working closely with Compact Voice and will announce details in due course."

 

 

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