Opinions sought on Compact law

A working group of legal experts and Compact practitioners is to examine how existing law can be used to bolster the standing of the agreement.

Representative body Compact Voice is to hold a series of meetings with lawyers, government officials and charity staff to see which current legislation can be applied to the Compact.

"We will ask whether it is right to ask for statutory powers for the Compact or whether there are different routes," said Saskia Daggett, Compact manager at Compact Voice. "We will look at some of the legal documentation where the Compact has been used."

The announcement follows the news that legal charity the Public Law Project is backing a judicial review that could pave the way for third sector organisations to take legal action against public bodies that flout the Compact (Third Sector, 12 September).

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