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Is this the final nail in the coffin for the Compact?

Is this the final nail in the coffin for the Compact?
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Is this the final nail in the coffin for the Compact?

Finance | Vibeka Mair | 20 Nov 2009

Will the government turn into one of those parents who get caught transgressing by their hawk-eyed kids and uses the defence of “Do as I say, not as I Do?”

It may have to, following the severe fallout from the decision to scrap the £750,000 campaigning fund to top up the Hardship Fund supporting charities through the recession.

NCVO, NAVCA, Commission for the Compact and Compact Voice are rightly furious.

And the Lib Dems have joined the fray.

Jenny Willott, the Lib Dem spokeswoman for charities has summed up the offence well: “How does the government expect to convince other public bodies to abide by the Compact,” she complains, “when they treat charities in this way?”

Can the Office of the Third Sector be trusted to champion the Compact after this? And if not, what is its future?

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