Compact provides advocacy service to resolve disputes

A new body giving one-to-one advice to charities to help them understand and make use of the Compact has been awarded a two-and-half-year grant by the Community Fund.

The Compact Advocacy Service, hosted by NCVO, has received over £150,000 to establish a two-person team which will offer a one-to-one advocacy service for charities experiencing problems in getting government partners to adhere to Compact codes.

The service will also spread information about the Compact and use cases of successfully resolved disputes to help the sector learn from these experiences.

A spokesman for NCVO said the Compact was not a legal document and so sanctions could not be applied against state bodies that infringed it.

But charities could help themselves by understanding the kind of treatment they were entitled to under the Compact. "At the moment there is a reluctance to use it, which renders it rather useless,

he said.

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