Government will consider Compact when making cuts, Nick Hurd tells Commons

Minister for Civil Society says his colleague Francis Maude has written to other ministers stressing this point

Francis Maude, the Minister for the Cabinet Office, has written to ministerial colleagues asking them to consider the Compact when making cuts, according to Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society.

Speaking at Cabinet Office questions in the House of Commons, Hurd said the government was "fully committed to the Compact", the agreement that sets out how public and voluntary sector organisations should treat each other.

 "That is why my right honourable friend has written to ministers with responsibility for the big society agenda to ask them to consider the Compact as decisions on in-year budgetary savings and efficiencies are taken," he said.

He also told MPs that the Compact would be on the agenda when a group of ministers with responsibility for the big society met for the first time next week.

Hurd also said the Cabinet Office was interested in reforming commissioning to make it easier for voluntary sector organisations to compete for public sector contacts.

Cabinet Office minister Oliver Letwin told the Commons that longer term funding for the sector was "enormously important".

"We are moving away from the micro-management of processes in contracts and towards a very exciting new world of payment by results, so that voluntary organisations can use their talents and initiative to achieve real results," he said.

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