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Are regions still relevant?

In my new role as Engagement Development Officer with Compact Voice, I cover three regions – the South West, the West Midlands and the East Midlands. I’ve been trying to build up a picture of Compact activity in those areas and to get a better feel for what’s happening at a local area in the different regions.

Annual Local Compact Survey 2011: Results

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This report is an overview of the results of our survey into the state of local Compacts in England. It includes a summary of findings as well as a regional breakdown which draws on responses received from our Freedom of Information Act requests.

Elected members take the lead in Shropshire

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Partnership working in Shropshire has been boosted by creating a new leadership role for a Cabinet member who is also a Compact Champion.

Shropshire Council has strengthened its commitment to a Compact approach by appointing Councillor Gwilym Butler to lead on working with the voluntary and community sector (VCS), community engagement and community leadership and governance.

Guest blog: A flourish of Compact development work in Essex

Our latest guest blog is by Claire Greenhill from the Essex Compact Project. Claire discusses how a successful pilot in West Essex has led to an increase in Compact development work in the area. Previously, there were numerous district Compacts governing at a district level, and the Essex Compact applied to wider Essex matters. The pilot sought to establish whether the Essex Compact could be adapted for use in each district, instead of having to go through a review process for each individual district Compact.

203, it’s the magic number

You will hopefully be aware that Compact Voice launched a survey of local Compacts last month. It’s something that we are pretty excited about … but then we are massive Compact nerds!

The Compact: Increasing my knowledge of geography?

Geography was never my strong point at school, and my sense of direction hasn’t improved much since. The only thing that helps me is remembering the phrase ‘Never Eat Shredded Wheat’ so I can remember the compass points of North, East, South and West. Needless to say, when I took on the role of Engagement Officer covering the North West, North East and Yorkshire & Humber, I knew it would be a challenge in more ways than one.

Comparing local Compacts to drive improvements

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By coming together at a sub-regional level to scrutinise the impact of local Compacts, partners in the Humber have gained a unique insight into the current status and future potential of their local Compacts as well as an opportunity to identify and share good practice.

Big Society and the Compact

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Published by Compact Voice in 2011, this briefing note provides information about the relationship between the Coalition Government's Big Society initiative and the Compact, including some key lessons that those delivering the Big Society can learn from the Compact.

Improved Procurement Processes at Essex County Council

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Essex County Council has recently revised its procurement policies. By removing barriers and levelling the playing field for voluntary and community sector organisations, they now follow both the letter and the spirit of the Essex Compact.

Compact-compliant way of dealing with budget cuts in Calderdale

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Calderdale Council have responded to budget cuts in a mature, proactive and Compact compliant way by marketing the consultation, impact report and draft budget prominently.

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