Compact is a framework for partnership between Government and the voluntary and community sector. It is supported by five Codes of Good Practice in which Government and the sector commit to particular actions.

The Wakefield District compact is a framework of principles that underpins relations between Voluntary and Community Sector organisations in the Wkaefield District and the Public Sector. It applies to all multi-agency working engaged in the delivery of the Community Strategy and the Local ARea Agreement, as well as related local partnership issues, such as children's trust arrangements. The Principles in the Compact are fundamental to the way partner organisations work together to deliver improved well-being to people in the Wakefield District.

Government, Voluntary and Community sector agree new Compact for working in partnership

A renewed Compact has now been published. Compact is the agreement which governs the relations between the Government and civil society organisations in England. On this website you can download

  • The Compact Accountability and Transparency Guide
  • The Compact
  • Statement of Support from leading Sector Organisations

Read the Wakefield Compact here;


Voluntary Sector Cuts

Compact Voice has published a new report, Local Authorities and the Voluntary and Community Sector: Investigating funding and engagement, based on a comprehensive Freedom of Information Act survey of local authorities. Key findings include:
• Half of local authorities are cutting grant funding to the voluntary sector disproportionately, compared to the amount their own budgets are being reduced
• The amount of spending through direct contracts with the voluntary sector has reduced
Download the report from:

Compact Voice report reveals lack of government accountability

A new Compact Voice report says that it is impossible to measure national government compliance with the Compact. The report details responses to Freedom of Information Act requests, submitted by Compact Voice to 14 government departments. The responses suggest that there are no systems in place to enable government departments to collect and compare this information.  

Central government's implementation of the national Compact

The Compact is a voluntary agreement that sets out shared principles for effective partnership working between the government and voluntary and civil society organisations in England.
This report from The National Audit Office (NAO) examines the implementation of the national Compact by central government departments following its renewal in December 2010. The findings are based on work at nine departments, representing 98 per cent of central government's expenditure with the civil society. They also consulted the civil society sector. Download the report from:

Compact Voice

Simon Blake OBE, chair of Compact Voice, said: "We are delighted that the Compact is supported by government departments and that the NAO have found good examples of it being applied. However the report also identifies gaps that must be addressed. We expect the Government to implement the recommendations in full and we will be pressing the Minister on this. In particular the report highlights that there needs to be more visible leadership on the Compact both in OCS and across Whitehall. This echoes the findings of our 2011 annual survey and remains the most important issue. We will also expect government departments to undertake work to identify the degree of their Compact compliance, as it is important that government departments know whether they are successfully implementing the Compact." Read more at compact Voice:

 Benefits of The Compact for local councils

The Commission for the Compact has published research that identifies the social and economic benefits for local authorities when they apply the Compact agreement on working relations between government and the voluntary sector. They have also produced an electronic toolkit so councils can assess Compact performance and identify potential efficiencies and performance improvements.

Social and Economic Benefits of Compact Working

The Commission has recently published research that demonstrates efficiency and performance improvements for local authorities when they apply Compact commitments in relationships with voluntary organisations. The research was carried out by Grant Thornton UK LLP in response to a number of local authorities citing a lack of business case for implementing the Compact.
Key findings of the research:
• Improved relationships with voluntary organisations
• More effective consultation
• More efficient monitoring
• Improved commissioning
• Gains from longer-term funding
• Advancing equality
It has been designed to support local authorities and their partners engage, understand and achieve the findings of the report

Other information about Compact can be found here