Navca eschews Compact move

Only a third of Navca members think that the Compact should be given statutory force, a poll by the umbrella body has revealed.

Of the 50 local infrastructure organisations that responded, 35 per cent thought the agreement should be made a legal requirement.

Forty-two per cent thought the Commissioner for the Compact should be able to enforce the agreement, which sets out how public bodies and voluntary groups should treat each other.

Mike Martin, chair of Navca, said that there was a risk that the Compact could be watered down.

Smaller organisations could find themselves excluded from being able to sign it, because statutory powers would be binding both ways, he added.

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