'Get the Compact in staff contracts'

Civil servants who deal with voluntary organisations should have aspects of the Compact written into their job descriptions, according to a report published today.

The State of Independence, produced by the Commission for the Compact, recommends that policy officers and commissioners have parts of the agreement laid out in their contracts.

"The idea is that civil servants are encouraged to adhere to and promote the agreement and its codes," said Katie Boswell, a consultant for Rocket Science UK, which produced the report on behalf of the commission.

The Compact, which sets out how public bodies and third sector groups should treat each other, will be 10 years old in November. The recommendation is intended to make it more effective across Whitehall.

Officials from eight government departments were questioned for the report. A total of 28 per cent thought their own department's awareness of the Compact was poor.

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