Developing 'local compacts' between local government and the voluntary sector

Gary Craig, Marilyn Taylor, Clare Szanto and Mick Wilkinson

This report explores whether 'compacts' for guiding the relationships between statutory and voluntary and community organisations are feasible and desirable at the local as well as the national level.

The study found widespread interest in the development of local compacts; many local authorities already have policies and agreements which could form the basis of a local compact. There is also increasing interest amongst other local public bodies, such as health authorities and Training and Enterprise Councils.

The report sets out the conditions under which compacts are likely to be successful: critically, their effectiveness may depend on a history of constructive dialogue between public bodies and their voluntary and community sectors.