Local Government Ombudsman might take on role of investigating Compact breaches

Move is under consideration as Commission for the Compact appears on leaked list of quangos for abolition


The Local Government Ombudsman could be asked to take on a new role of investigating alleged breaches of the Compact.

The Labour government introduced the Compact, the voluntary agreement governing voluntary and public sector relations, but powers to police or enforce it have never been introduced.

When the Commission for the Compact was established it was was expected it could eventually be given powers to investigate Compact breaches and report to Parliament.

But last week the commission, along with the infrastructure body Capacitybuilders and the Office for Civil Society Advisory Body, appeared on a leaked list of 180 quangos to be abolished.

Earlier this month a draft new Compact was published with a pledge by the coalition government to beef it up with "increased accountability and transparency measures."

An informed source told Third Sector these are likely to involve giving the Local Government Ombudsman powers similar to those that had been envisaged for the commission.

In the past week both Compact Voice, which represents the voluntary sector on the Compact, and the black and minority ethnic policy group Voice4Change England, have called for an ombudsman.

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