The publication of the renewed national Compact has been delayed for an unspecified period.
A draft new version of the voluntary and public sector partnership agreement was published on 19 September by the Office for Civil Society and Compact Voice, which represents the voluntary sector on the Compact.
Consultation on the document was limited to six weeks so the final version could be in place by November, in time to protect voluntary organisations from badly managed funding cuts caused by the comprehensive spending review.
But neither the Compact nor the promised accompanying measures to strengthen the agreement have materialised.
A Compact Voice spokesman said: "It appears the government’s internal approval process has proved more time-consuming than we’d originally anticipated."
He said he was concerned about missing the deadline, but added: "We do feel it’s important that it achieves the widest buy-in across government and that the supporting measures are firmly in place for the launch."
The OCS was unable to comment.