The Communities and Local Government department has won the annual National Compact Award for its guidance on how local authorities should go about making cuts to voluntary organisations.
The department was one of six winners at yesterday’s awards, which were organised to coincide with this week’s Compact Week by the Office for Civil Society and Compact Voice, which represents the voluntary sector.
CLG’s Best Value Statutory Guidance, published in September, consolidates 80 pages of council regulations into a single page.
The guidance, which applies to councils and all government departments, says voluntary organisations should receive three months’ notice of funding cuts.
It is intended to add statutory force to a similar pledge made in the Compact, the public-voluntary sector fair-play agreement. The judges for the awards said the guidance was "much shorter and clearer" and provided "helpful clarification to both sectors".
Gateshead Compact won the Local Compact Award. The judges praised it for improving the commissioning process.
Jackie Sully, director of Essex community group Rainbow Services, was named Compact Champion of the Year for "championing the Compact in areas where it hasn’t traditionally been strong".
Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society, presented the awards at the Treasury. He said the Compact, at its best, "can be a catalyst for forming really effective partnerships".
Simon Blake, the chair of Compact Voice, said: "The Compact sometimes gets a bit of a slating and some people say it’s irrelevant. What I say is: can we really work without partnerships?"
2011 Compact Awards
Compact Advancing Equality Award – Lancashire United Against Hate
Compact Champion of the Year – Jackie Sully, Rainbow Services, Essex
Compact Impact Award – Merton Compact
Compact Innovation Award – Changing Times, Changing Roles initiative, Wolverhampton
Local Compact Award – Gateshead Compact
National Compact Award – Communities and Local Government