Compact Voice collates the views of election candidates

Responses of potential MPs to questions about the Compact are included on a public website

Compact Voice has contacted more than 1,700 parliamentary candidates in an attempt to gauge their views on the Compact.

The organisation, which represents the voluntary sector's side of the agreement, has written to the candidates in the 533 constituencies in England and is uploading their reponses to a publicly accessible website.

Compact Voice has asked candidates what efforts they would make to work with local charities and voluntary organisations in their constituencies if they were elected and whether they would champion the Compact, the agreement that sets out how public and voluntary sector organisations should treat each other.

People are being encouraged by Compact Voice to contact candidates who have not responded to remind them to take part.

A spokesman for the organisation said one of the aims of the exercise was to raise the profile of the Compact.

"It is about putting partnership working onto the agenda and getting people who might be elected to commit themselves to the Compact and the principles of partnership working," he added.

Angela Smith, the Minister for the Third Sector and Labour parliamentary candidate for South Basildon and East Thurrock, was among the first batch of respondents. Asked if she would champion the Compact at local level, she says: "We still need to work to ensure that local authorities recognise that the Compact is of value to them as well as to the sector."

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