Magazine article Public Finance

Councils Should 'Work Better with Voluntary Sector'

Magazine article Public Finance

Councils Should 'Work Better with Voluntary Sector'

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Local government inspectors should start to consider how well councils are working with the voluntary sector, the chair of the Charities Commission told CIPFA delegates.

Including an assessment of the so-called compact between local authorities and charities would be a Very obvious and simple mechanism' to stimulate greater co-operation between the two sectors, said Geraldine Peacock.

'If there was more pooling of resources in the voluntary sector and public sector alike, we would do so much more,' she added.

The 1998 compact was designed to foster greater collaboration between government and charities but Peacock said that, although it had been a good idea, it had never really taken off, particularly at a local level.

The appointment last year of compact champion Stephen Pickford at the Treasury presented an opportunity to make it work, she said, but added that if not: 'We have to get rid of it. …

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