Talks will tackle Compact breach

John Plummer

Voluntary sector representatives will meet civil servants at the Department of Health on Friday to discuss ways of avoiding a repeat of this year's breach of the Compact, which left £17.85m of charity funding in jeopardy.

The talks, which were instigated by members of the Government, will pave the way for a more formal meeting with care services minister Ivan Lewis on 16 November.

An NCVO delegation, which will be led by chief executive Stuart Etherington, will seek reassurances that Whitehall will adhere more closely to its commitments to the voluntary sector, as laid out in the Compact.

It is particularly concerned that charities had to wait several months to find out the results of their Section 64 grant applications for two- and three-year projects that met Government health and social care goals.

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