Voluntary organisations have an important role to play in the design, development and delivery of public services. Public services are able to improve further by fully drawing on the understanding, experience, innovation and flexibility of the third sector. The involvement of voluntary organisations is a key part of the Government's desire to transform the delivery of services.
Since this Government agreed the Compact with the sector in 1998, it has been assessed annually through a joint review meeting The review meeting reports on progress and agrees a joint action plan for the forthcoming year. This plan is signed off by both the government and the sector. Through the annual review meeting, consensus has been reached on further measures to strengthen the Compact such as the establishment of a Commission for the Compact in 2005. The Third Sector Review which was published in July 2007 renewed the commitment to the Compact and asked the Office of the Third Sector to work with the Commission and the sector in reviewing the Compact to further strengthen the partnership.