Lack of trust a 'barrier' to local Compact development

A lack of trust and communication between charities and public sector bodies is hampering the development of local Compacts, research has concluded.

The study, What Makes a Successful Local Compact?, by the Commission for the Compact, which oversees the agreement, and the Institute for Voluntary Action Research,
surveyed a sample of voluntary and public sector bodies in order to discover what makes a successful Compact.

"A barrier and challenge to effective partnership working at a local level is a lack of trust and communication between partners," a commission statement said.

Ownership of the agreement, which sets out how public and voluntary sector organisations should treat each other, at senior level in key organisations is also crucial, the study found.

Richard Williams, policy adviser at the commission, said: "Effective partnership working at a local level is vital because so many third sector organisations are based locally, working primarily with local public bodies.

"There are varying degrees of success. This research clearly shows that better local partnership working and better outcomes result from Compact principles being applied on a day-to-day basis."

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