New Compact can protect arts and cultural organisations from bad funding practice

With unprecedented difficulties facing the voluntary and community sector as a result of recent funding decisions, it is vital that organisations across England are able to challenge bad funding practice, and work in partnership to develop and design better policies and services.

Signed by the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister, and the Minister for Civil Society, this agreement sets out clear principles for distributing public money, designing services and policies and funding relationships. These include:

  • Three months notice when changing or ending funding relationships
  • Meaningful and robust consultation
  • Multi-year funding
  • Right of the voluntary and community sector to campaign

The Compact applies to all government departments, and all local areas have a version which takes into account local needs. This means every voluntary and community sector organisation which engages with either national or local government, can expect the principles of the Compact to be followed.

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