Sector must improve trust in the Compact, says report

New methods of monitoring and evaluating local Compacts need to be found to combat "widespread cynicism", Compact Voice has warned.

The organisation, which represents local voluntary sector groups on Compact issues, said "robust mechanisms" were required to rebuild trust in the Compact, the agreement that sets out how voluntary organisations and government should behave towards one another.

The view is contained in Problems, Issue, Solution: the Future of the Compact, Compact Voice's contribution to the debate about the future of the Compact.

Eighty-five per cent of people surveyed by Compact Voice said the national Compact should set minimum standards that must be followed locally. "They would help to ensure the core of the agreement is easy to communicate and memorable for all parties," the document says.

Compact Voice also calls for the Compact to be updated to take into account policy developments, and written in clearer language. It suggests the Commission for the Compact should have legal powers to investigate Compact abuses and also says consideration should be given to the commission's "scope, role and limits of authority".

Oliver Reichardt, head of Compact Voice, said: "The recommendations in this report will ensure the Compact delivers on its potential."

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