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Lincolnshire Compact

What is the Compact?

The local Compact is a statement of agreement between public sector and voluntary and community sector organisations working in Lincolnshire.

What Can The Compact Do For You?

The Compact sets out how the public sector and the third sector can get the most out of partnership working by meeting their respective commitments.

Implementing the Compact can help partners achieve:

  • Equality in working relationships
  • Informed policy decisions based on the expert knowledge of groups working directly with people on the ground
  • Better programmed funding that more closely reflects the needs of users
  • Progress towards a more equal society by identifying and tackling inequality and discrimination
  • Value for money

What Are The Compact principles?

The public and third sectors are committed to these principles:

  • Respect: Effective partnerships are built on mutual understanding and an appreciation of the differences between partners of the Compact.
  • Honesty: It is only through open communication that strong partnerships can be built and maintained.
  • Independence: The independence of the third sector is recognised and supported. This includes its right within the law to campaign, to comment on and to challenge policy and to determine and manage its own affairs.
  • Diversity: The public and third sectors value a thriving civil society, which brings innovation and choice through a multitude of voices.
  • Equality: Fairness for everyone, regardless of their background, is a fundamental goal, and the public and third sectors work together to achieve this.
  • Citizen Empowerment: By working together, the public and third sectors can deliver change that is build around communities and people, meeting their needs and reflecting their choices.
  • Volunteering: The energy and commitment of people giving their time for the public good contributes to a vibrant society, and should be recognised and appreciated.

What Are The General Compact Commitments?

  • Involvement in policy development: Involving the third sector in policy development is a continuous process right from the earliest stages of policy development. It includes a range of methods – from informal engagement to a full scale public consultation.
  • Allocating resources: This section reflects good practice in commissioning, and is relevant to the entire commissioning cycle.
  • Advancing Equality: This section of the Compact recognises the vital role that the third sector plays in helping to create a more equal society and sets out commitments that will help both sectors work together to achieve their equality goals.

What Are The Lincolnshire Compact Commitments?

Joint undertakings, agreed by all Lincolnshire Compact members:

By signing up to the Lincolnshire Compact, public and third sector organisations agree to take responsibility for:

  • Implementing the Lincolnshire Compact
  • Operating in accordance with the Lincolnshire Compact in their relations with each other
  • Incorporating the principles of the Lincolnshire Compact into their policies
  • Incorporating the undertakings given in the Lincolnshire Compact into their operational practices and procedures

What Are The Joint Working Arrangements?

As Lincolnshire Compact members we agree that:

  • By working together we will achieve more for the people of Lincolnshire
  • Partners and sectors can achieve their own aims whilst contributing to common aims and objectives; membership does not bring with it automatic endorsement of an organisation’s aims
  • By working closely together we will raise awareness of local needs, developments and provision, ensuring better policy making and better services for our communities
  • Genuine partnership across the sectors requires integrity, accountability and recognition of the equal value of everyone’s contribution
  • We will maintain high standards of governance, conduct and accountability

What Will Our Actions Achieve?

As Lincolnshire Compact members we agree that:

  • Actions we take should address local need and be based on joint planning and decision making between partners across sectors
  • Jointly agreed action brings with it accountability and responsibility to other partners
  • Through our actions we will encourage, involve and empower all parties to contribute to a stronger community

What Is The Importance Of Trust?

As Lincolnshire Compact members we agree that:

  • Trust between partners is essential in developing productive working relationships
  • Trust develops more readily when organisations understand the aims, objectives and constraints of other partners
  • Third sector organisations are entitled to comment on and challenge policy and campaign without prejudice to funding arrangements
  • Third sector organisations have the right to determine and manage their own affairs

What Do We Expect From Communication?

As Lincolnshire Compact members we agree that:

  • Communication between partners should be honest, open and accessible to all
  • Partners should have channels to receive and respond to communication effectively
  • Partners should take reasonable steps to ensure that no interested party is excluded from relevant communication

What Happens Next?

  • All groups and organisations who sign up to the Lincolnshire Compact become Compact Members, agreeing to adhere to the joint undertakings
  • Each Compact member will name a Compact Champion from within their group/organisation

A good example of Compact working is the joint activity being delivered by Involving Lincs’ members and Lincolnshire County Council in the refresh of the JSNA. for more information have a look on our Wellbeing pages.

Compact Voice and Regional Voices have produced two briefings, which have been designed to help voluntary organisations build strong partnerships with local commissioning bodies. One of the briefings focuses on engaging with Health and Wellbeing Boards and the other on Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Engaging with Health & Wellbeing Boards – briefing

Engaging with Clinical Commissioning Groups – briefing

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Compact News

  • Want to Engage More Effectively with CCGs and the HWB? Compact Voice and Regional Voices have produced two briefings, which have been designed to help voluntary organisations build strong partnerships with local commissioning bodies. One of the briefings focuses on engaging with ...
  • Consultation and the Compact Lord Lester of Herne Hill, a long-time human rights advocate, has raised a parliamentary question concerning the government’s adherence to Compact principles during consultations – the question, and answer from Lord ...
  • Transparent Data Compact Voice has welcomed a letter from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to every local authority in England, reminding them of the important role of the voluntary ...

Compact Principles

Documents for download are available below.

Advancing Equality Allocating Resources Involvement In Development