HM Revenue & Customs a winner at Compact Awards

HMRC wins the Compact Engagement Award, and the ceremony includes the inaugural Chris Frost Award, which recognises an outstanding contribution to partnership working

HMRC representatives with award
HMRC representatives with award

HM Revenue & Customs was among the winners at this year’s Compact Awards.

The annual ceremony, held in Westminster last night, was staged by Compact Voice, the organisation set up to represent the voluntary sector on the Compact, the agreement that sets out how government and voluntary and community sector organisations should behave towards each other.

HMRC won the Compact Engagement Award, which is given to a scheme that has ensured that the design and delivery of a service is based on a comprehensive understanding of community need. HMRC set up the Needs Extra Help service to work in partnership and meet the needs of its most vulnerable clients.

The awards were announced as part of this year’s Compact Week, which ends on Friday.

Other winners included JobCentre Plus Harlesden, in north-west London, which won the Compact Advancing Equality Award, and Mark Hubbard, Compact liaison officer at the infrastructure body Voscur, who won the Compact Leadership Award for his work on the agreement in Bristol.

The ceremony included the inaugural Chris Frost Award, which recognises an outstanding contribution to partnership working and was awarded in memory of Frost, the former chief executive of Merton Voluntary Service Council and multiple Compact Award winner, who died last year.

The award went to Lola Barrett, chief executive of Grenfell Housing and Training and chair of both MVSC and the BME support organisation Merton Unity Network.

Simon Blake, chair of Compact Voice, said: "This year’s winners demonstrate a wonderful balance between local and national partnerships, and show yet again how good partnerships that adopt Compact principles really deliver results.

"We are especially pleased to see so many nominations demonstrating innovative, responsive partnerships between voluntary organisations and the new commissioning bodies.

"Reforms and changes continue to evolve and all the nominations are examples of partnerships that can be replicated across the country."

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