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WELSH SECRETARY CALLS FOR LOCAL COMPACTS WITH VOLUNTARY SECTOR

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Welsh secretary Alun Michael has called on public bodies in Wales to develop local compacts between themselves and ...
Welsh secretary Alun Michael has called on public bodies in Wales to develop local compacts between themselves and the voluntary sector.

In response to a parliamentary question, he said he had written to council leaders, health authority and trust chairmen and the chairmen of non-departmental public bodies, drawing their attention to the compact.

He said later: 'The compact is an agreement about how the government and the voluntary sector will work together for mutual benefit.

'It is intended to form the basis for the National Assembly's Voluntary Sector Scheme and is based on the principles of integrity, trust and mutual respect.'

Mr Michael said that while the agreement was between central government and the voluntary sector, he believed the principles applied also to relationships between other public bodies and the voluntary sector.

'The Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) has responded positively,' he said,' and I have agreed with them and the Wales Council for Voluntary action on a target of having a local compact in place for every part of Wales by September.'

He said he believed similar compacts, agreed between each public body in Wales and the voluntary organisations - based on its field of activity or geographical area - would be a powerful way to recognise and improve their relationships.

'I would therefore like all other public bodies in Wales to meet the same target as the one agreed with the WLGA,' he said.

Note

The compact between the government and the voluntary sector in Wales was launched by Mr Michael at the annual conference of the Wales Council for Voluntary Action on 19 November 1998.

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