Office for Civil Society and Compact Voice action plan 'will strengthen the Compact'

The Cabinet Office will have responsibility for promoting the Compact across government departments

The Cabinet Office will promote and encourage training in the Compact
The Cabinet Office will promote and encourage training in the Compact

The Office for Civil Society and Compact Voice have published an action plan intended to strengthen the Compact in central government departments.

The Compact governs the relationship between government and the voluntary sector, and promises that government will carry out proper consultation and offer long-term funding.

The plan follows a 2012 National Audit Office report which found "scope for improvement" in central government departments’ implementation of the Compact.

It found that departments were not in a position to provide a "meaningful statement" on their implementation of the Compact, and that charities could often not find the individuals in departments responsible for promoting the agreement.

The action plan does not provide new responsibilities for the OCS, but "clarifies the relationship" between the OCS and Compact Voice and focuses on increased transparency, a spokesman for Compact Voice said.

The action plan says the Cabinet Office will have responsibility for addressing instances where the Compact is not upheld, encourage training in the Compact and promote it across government. 

The OCS and Compact Voice will be publishing progress reports throughout the year.

Nick Hurd, minister for civil society, said: "We look forward to taking this plan forward, and working closely with all departments to help them embed the principles of the Compact in their work in the best way possible.

"This action plan is indicative of the OCS’s ongoing commitment to the Compact, and to ensuring that every department fully understand the benefits it can bring to their relationships with the voluntary and community sector."

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