What is the Compact?
The Compact is an agreement between the Government and the Voluntary
and Community Sector made in November 1998 to improve their relationship
for mutual advantage. The Compact aims to build the partnership relationship
between government and the sector. The principles outlined in this national
Compact are now being turned into codes of practice.For further details
of the Compact nationally go to www.thecompact.org.uk.
What is the Local Compact?
The national Compact is an agreement between the voluntary and community
sector and government to improve their relationship for mutual advantage.
Local Compacts aim to do this locally between the sector, councils and
other local public bodies.
Why have a Local Compact?
(1) Community benefit
(2) Realising your organisational objectives
(3) Improving partnership relationships
(4) Using external funding better
(5) Involving local groups in best value and community planning.
key points for a successful Local Compact:
1. Know what your own organisation wants from a Compact and agree a
shared vision with other partners
2. Don't rush it - make sure you get it right for your area, including
ensuring that every part of the sector is included in the process
3. Don't stop when you have a document - make sure it works in practice
4. Joint ownership underpinned by broad relationships built through
5. Regular review
What headings are included in the Islington Local Compact?
* Shared Principles
* Clarity of Roles
* Funding and Sustainability
* BME Communities
* Equal Opportunties and anti discriminatory practice
* Dispute Resolution
* Commsisioning Services
* Evaluation and Review
What is the format of the Islington Local Compact?
Generally each heading (as shown above) has an introduction, followed
by principles and undertakings. Action steps are also written to demonstrate
what things have to be done next.
These are beliefs and values shared by both sides and underpin how things
These are aims which the relevant party has identified. They demonstrate
what needs to be taken account of in addressing the issues that the
voluntary & community sector face day to day when
coming into contact with the Council.
These demonstrate the initial steps which have to be taken to assist
that better working relationship between the Council and voluntary and
has been done to date:
· Working group assigned – made up of Officers of the Council
and members of the vol. / comm. sector.
· Organised meetings to publicise the Compact.
· Draft completed.(Download a copy here)
· Sample consultation exercise completed.(Click here
to see a summary of the responses)
Setting up sub groups with appropriate Heads of Department within the
Council (based on the headings) to finalise the Compact before it goes
out for wider consultation.
Compact Development Officer
The Working Group on Government Relations Secretariat
c/o National Council for Voluntary Organisations
8 All Saints Street
London N1 9RL
Tel: (020) 7520 2453 Fax: (020) 7278 3972
For copies of all Compact materials contact:
NCVO Help Desk on 0800 2798 798
(020) 7278 3972
Partnerships Development Officer
322 Upper Street
Tel: 020 7226 4862
Fax: 020 7 359 7442
Head of Regeneration and Education
Tel: 020 7527 3123