This document is intended to prompt discussion about a proposed regional compactfor the North West.It contains a proposed regional framework, linked to the national compact and codesof good practice. The proposal is supported by a regional compact working groupthat includes:North West Development Agency (NWDA)Voluntary Sector North West (VSNW)The Learning and Skills Council (NW LSC)Government Office North West (GONW)North West Network (NWN)One North West (1NW)Five Counties Partnership (5CP)NHS North West (NHS NW)
is the national agreement between government and the third sector toimprove their relationship for mutual advantage and community gain.
The purpose of the proposed North West Regional Compact
is to help build effectivepartnership working that supports and makes best use of a thriving third sector in theNorth West. The working group believes this is a joint responsibility of both third sector and public sector partners. This is founded on the recognition that a thriving third sector is of benefit to public sector agencies, agreed regional objectives, and the people andcommunities of the North West.A North West Regional Compact would provide:
a solid foundation to strengthen the third sector’s contribution to the region, and
an effective framework for public sector engagement with the third sector and thecommunities on whose behalf we work.
The development of a regional compact in the North West could hardly be more timely.Key changes include: New lead personnel within the region (GONW, VSNW), the NHSmodernisation agenda, potential changes in the structure of the LSC, the end of theRegional Assembly and increased responsibilities for NWDA (e.g. Europeanprogrammes, transfer of regional planning and transport powers), the increased regionalinfluence of local authorities through 4NW (the new Leaders’ Forum), and the increasingemphasis on LAAs
and sub-regional delivery of regional programmes.However, the two most important regional considerations are possibly:
the need for all partners, as a consequence of increasing economic pressures, toeffectively work together; and
The recently established North West Improvement and Efficiency Partnership (NWIEP) will supportlocal authority and partner delivery of local area agreements (LAAs) across the region.
MAAs or multiple area agreements and are closely linked to the development of City regions. In the North West these are currently the city regions of Manchester, Liverpool and Central Lancashire.