'Give Compact commissioner same powers as Children's Commissioner'

Local umbrella body Navca has come out in favour of awarding statutory powers to the Commissioner for the Compact. In a recent poll, less then half of its members endorsed the idea.

In Navca's member survey, 41 per cent were in favour of assigning the Commissioner for the Compact with similar powers to those of the Children’s Commissioner; 13 per cent were against (23 July, page 4).

When asked if the Compact itself should be given statutory force, 35 per cent voted in favour and 35 per cent voted against. The rest were undecided.

Navca’s board has endorsed this view by saying the Commissioner for the Compact should have the same powers as the Children’s Commissioner, who has the power to investigate cases and make recommendations. But it said it would like to see more research before taking a view on whether the Compact itself should have statutory powers.

Last month Third sector minister Phil Hope asked the Commission for the Compact to carry out a consultation on whether the agreement, which sets out how charities and public bodies should treat each other, should be toughened by being given statutory force (Third Sector Online, 8 July).

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