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No plus side to the Plus guide

Finance | Gareth Jones | 1 Apr 2006

NCVO has raised concerns that introducing Compact Plus will confuse rather than help the voluntary sector understand the Compact's aims. Campbell Robb (pictured) of NCVO has said that instead the sector needs to be made more aware of the original Compact and get familiar with the guidance that is already available to them.

The Compact was introduced to improve the relationship and to streamline the working practices between government and the voluntary sector. Compact Plus will be a streamlined version of the original. Robb feels that as there is already a summary of the Compact, a further project of streamlining is unnecessary and that Compact Plus has the capacity to supplant existing local Compacts which would not be beneficial for when local Compacts need to respond to local needs.

He said: "The real issue is getting VCOs to know about the existing Compact, and use it more effectively. While we commend the government's willingness to adapt, it is not necessary to reinvent the wheel. The Compact is a fantastic tool. We would urge government, and the new Compact Commissioner, to raise awareness of the Compact and its implementation."

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