Survey Finds Local Compacts are Hampered by Falling Resources

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25th September 2013 10:59 - Local Government

Compact Voice’s third annual survey received 327 responses from people working across local authorities and voluntary sector organisations, covering over four fifths (85%) of the 165 local Compacts that currently exist in England.

Of local Compacts, four fifths (80%) reported that they do not have sufficient resources to employ a paid member of staff, while a similar 78% did not anticipate having anyone for the following twelve months.

The survey shows that four fifths (83%) of the 226 voluntary and community sector respondents who took part in the survey, and half (47%) of the eighty six respondents from local authorities, agreed with the statement that “cuts are disproportionately affecting the voluntary and community sector.”

Among respondents, half (56%) the voluntary and community sector said they expect to see a decrease in funding, while nine tenths (90%) of local authorities expected to see a decrease in their revenue over the next year.

However, the survey did find that support for local Compacts was high, with nine in ten (89%) of respondents agreeing with the statement that the Compact “is important and effort needs to be made to implement it in full.”

Tom Elkins, Compact Voice manager, said:

“While it is reassuring that there remain such high levels of support for the Compact, reduced resources are clearly a major issue. We will be working with local Compacts to see how best to ensure partnership principles continue to be championed in the context of limited funding.”

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