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Compact: the agreement between government and the voluntary/community sector

The Compact sets out a way of working between the government and the voluntary and community sectors.

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The Compact

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About the Compact

The Compact is the agreement between government and the voluntary and community sector (often referred to as civil society). It sets out a way of working that aims to ensure that the government works effectively in partnership with the voluntary and community sector to achieve common goals and outcomes for the benefit of communities and citizens in England.

It considers areas such as policy design, service design and delivery, funding arrangements, promoting equality and strengthening independence. Every government department is signed up to the Compact, and its implementation across government is overseen by the Office for Civil Society.

More information on the Compact can be found at the Compact Voice website

Compact Voice

Compact Voice represents the voluntary and community sector on the Compact. They are cosignatories on the national Compact, and negotiated its content on behalf of the sector, based on the views and opinions of their members.

Further information about their work and the resources available, including a number of case studies, can be found at the Compact Voice website

More information

Please contact the DWP Civil Society Liaison Officer:

Barry Clarke
Email: barry.clarke@dwp.gsi.gov.uk