New Compact is a 'clear improvement'

More than 60% respond favourably to draft document in Compact Voice consultation

More than 60 per cent of respondents to the consultation on the draft new Compact think it is a "clear improvement" on the current version, according to Compact Voice.

Compact Voice, which represents the voluntary sector on Compact issues, received responses from 79 organisations and three individuals to the consultation, which closed last month.

The draft Compact, which is a third of the length of the current document, has been criticised by some representative groups for focusing too much on commissioning and not enough on the needs of small charities and black and minority ethnic groups.

But the summary of consultation responses, which was published last week, reveals that 61 per cent of respondents think the new version is an improvement.

"The vast majority of the responses both welcomed the consultation and were considerably positive about the Compact - about what it has achieved and what it will be able to achieve in the future," said Tom Elkins, Compact Voice manager, in the summary of responses.

Elkins said respondents recognised that, to be meaningful, "the Compact needs to be easier to use, clearer to understand and offer clear benefits".

The new Compact was due to be launched during Compact Week, which ended yesterday. But it has been delayed and is now due to be published before Christmas.

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