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Compact Commissioner

Volume 450: debated on Friday 20 October 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what powers the Compact Commissioner will have to ensure that local government meets the principles of the Compact. (95762)

The Commissioner for the Compact will oversee the operation of the relationship between government at all levels and the voluntary and community sector through the Compact. The Compact is voluntarily agreed between Government and the voluntary and community sector. The role of the Commissioner is to champion implementation of voluntary agreements, and therefore he does not have statutory powers.

The Commissioner’s remit includes:

Promoting effective ways of working in partnership, including the development of a set of core Compact commitments backed by an accreditation or kitemark scheme

Promoting best practice, and making recommendations and reporting on investigations

Looking at specific issues and concerns, acting as an honest broker between partners, intervening where effective and efficient to do so.

93 per cent. of local authority areas now have a published Local Compact, and there are a further 6 per cent. where development is under way. The Commissioner for the Compact will strategically build on and support local work as well as the national framework.