News in brief: July 2011

New Guidance on decommissioning available

The National Audit Office this week published a guide to decommissioning, which provides practical tips and advice about working in partnership with the voluntary and community sector. It provides an example about how the Compact has helped to address some of the challenges of decommissioning in certain areas. 

Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman: Consultation into direct access of service

The Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman (PHSO) provides a service to the public by undertaking independent investigations into complaints that government departments and agencies and the NHS have not acted properly or fairly or have provided a poor service.

PHSO can be contacted with complaints about Compact principles not being upheld (and are referred to in the Compact Accountability and Transparency Guide).
 
PHSO is currently consulting on whether or not the public should be able to bring complaints about the government directly to the Ombudsman without first getting a referral from an MP.

To find out more or take part in the consultation, visit PHSO’s website. They have also produced an animated video which explains what they do in a clear and accessible manner.

Department of Health’s Voluntary Sector Investment Programme open for applications

The Department of Health have opened applications for the next round of funding for the Voluntary Sector Investment Programme's Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development Fund.

The fund awards grants to voluntary organisations who work in the health and care field, and DH are launching the scheme now for 2012 – 2013 now to maintain operational continuity, demonstrate their commitment to working within the principles of the Compact and to avoid any unnecessary gaps in funding flows to the voluntary sector.

Find out more about the Programme and how you can apply here.

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