Worries mount over delays in reforming Compact

Momentum must not be lost, commissioner tells Parliamentary group

The Commission for the Compact is concerned about the time it is taking to draft legislation giving it statutory powers and to rewrite the Compact.

The Office of the Third Sector asked Sir Bert Massie, Commissioner for the Compact, to lead a national debate on the future of the Compact from last August.

Massie sent recommendations to third sector minister Kevin Brennan three months ago. No developments have been announced since. "It is important we do not lose momentum in revitalising the Compact," Massie told the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Community and Voluntary Sector last week.

The chair of the group, Labour MP Tom Levitt, is to table a ten-minute rule bill to establish the commission as a statutory body (Third Sector Online, 2 March). Such bills make a point and test parliamentary opinion but rarely become law.

An OTS spokesman said it is already working with the Commission and Compact Voice to refresh the Compact "and will be further engaging the sector in the near future".

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