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North West (UK) Regional Compact Consultation

North West (UK) Regional Compact Consultation

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A consultation on the draft North West Compact was launched on 12 November 2008. The Compact aims to improve partnership working and relationships between regional organisations within the third sector and the public sector in the North West. The Compact provides a basic framework setting out the main principles and commitments for these relationships.
A consultation on the draft North West Compact was launched on 12 November 2008. The Compact aims to improve partnership working and relationships between regional organisations within the third sector and the public sector in the North West. The Compact provides a basic framework setting out the main principles and commitments for these relationships.

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NORTH WEST REGIONAL COMPACT CONSULTATION DOCUMENTA FRAMEWORK FOR STRONG AND EFFECTIVE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEENTHE THIRD SECTOR AND PUBLIC SECTOR IN THE NORTH WEST.
FOREWORD by Liz Meek, Regional Director, Government Officefor the North West.
I am delighted to be contributing to the Regional Compact. The Government Officeviews the third sector as a key partner in the design and delivery of services thatcommunities want.The Compact aims to improve partnership working and relationships betweenregional organisations within the third sector and the public sector in the North West..It provides a basic framework setting out the main principles and commitments thatthese relationships can be based on. This Compact supports the National Compactwhich the Government published in 1998 and the local compacts which already existor are being further developed locally. The regional Compact is not designed tosupersede local arrangements and compacts but it is a partnership agreementbetween the regional organisations that are highlighted within the document.We hope that this Compact can help you with policy development in your ownorganisation and improve the sharing of best practice. A Regional Compact Group,made up of representatives of all partner organisations, will take overall responsibilityfor monitoring the Compact’s effectiveness over time and formulating an action plan.The group will meet to bring together the key issues and identify how best to respondto these. Details of the make up of the group are included in the document.Government Office North West is committed to upholding and implementing theRegional Compact.Liz Meek
 
INTRODUCTION
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)
The Compact
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.
Why now?
 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
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,MAAs
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 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
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The recently established North West Improvement and Efficiency Partnership (NWIEP) will supportlocal authority and partner delivery of local area agreements (LAAs) across the region.
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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.
 
the development, over the next 18 months, of the new Single Regional Strategy.

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