New Compact in November

Compact commissioner to revise agreement at request of third sector minister Kevin Brennan

A new version of the national Compact will be published in November.

Sir Bert Massie, Commissioner for the Compact, recently received a letter from Kevin Brennan, minister for the third sector, and Simon Blake, chair of Compact Voice, asking him to lead the process to redraft the document.

The Compact has not been revised since former Prime Minister Tony Blair established it in 1998 to outline how the voluntary and public sectors should behave towards each other.

The letter asks Massie to take "what is best from the existing documents rather than start from scratch and ensure that the new version takes into account recent developments in law, policy and practice".

The Office of the Third Sector and Compact Voice are establishing a cross-sector advisory panel to oversee the issues the new version should cover. Commissioning is expected to feature prominently.

The panel's recommendations will go out to consultation in the summer before the new document is launched during November's Compact Week.

Revising the Compact was one of Massie's main recommendations after last year's national debate on the future of the Compact. But there is still no news of any developments on his other main recommendation - putting the commission on a statutory footing.

Richard Corden, chief executive of the commission, said he was relaxed about the timeframe. "The refresh is more important and the one that can proceed without parliamentary time," he said.

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