Agenda Item No. 13


The Vale of Glamorgan Council


Voluntary Sector Joint Liaison Committee: 10th July 2013


Report of the Voluntary Sector


Continuity and Change - Welsh Government Consultation


Purpose of the Report

1.             To inform the Committee of the current Welsh Government consultation entitled Continuity and Change – Refreshing the Relationship between Welsh Government and the Third Sector in Wales.


1.             That Committee receive the report for information.

2.             That Committee considers the chapter on Compacts.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.             The report is of high significance for the Third (Voluntary) Sector as a whole and in particular will impact on the two local infrastructure organisations i.e. the Volunteer Centre (Vale Volunteer Bureau) and the County Voluntary Council (Vale Centre for Voluntary Services).

2.             The Voluntary Sector Joint Liaison Committee has the responsibility for the implementation of the local Compact or Partnership Agreement.


2.             In January 2013, the Welsh Government announced a process to refresh its relationship with the Third Sector in Wales in order to "make this crucial relationship as strong and effective as possible".

3.             As part of this process key policy documents that underpin the relationship will be reviewed and revised to bring them up to date including:

·               The Voluntary Sector Scheme (last revised 2004)

·               The Code of Practice for Funding the Third Sector in Wales (last revised 2009)

·               The Third Sector Partnership Agreement.

Relevant Issues and Options

4.             This formal consultation will be used to inform Welsh Government thinking on a range of related issues, including:

·               Our future support for the Third Sector in Wales, particularly the work of Third Sector "Infrastructure" organisations including the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA), County Voluntary Councils (CVCs) and Volunteer Centres (VCs).

·               The main means of engagement between Welsh Government and the Third Sector including the Third Sector Partnership Council (TSPC) and meetings with Welsh Ministers.

·               The Third Sector’s contribution to Public Service Delivery and the Programme for Government at the national, regional and local levels.

·               The future development of local Third Sector Compacts (local agreements which govern the relationship between Public Sector organisations within local authority boundary areas and Third Sector organisations)

5.             It is important that Partners take the time to respond to this consultation, the outcomes of which will have an impact across the whole of Welsh Government and the way in which the Third Sector is resourced and involved in service delivery.

6.             The chapter on Compacts poses two questions that the Voluntary Sector Joint Liaison Committee may wish to address namely:

·               Do you consider that local Compacts have a continuing role in shaping the relationship between the Third and Public Sectors in Wales?

·               Do you agree with the proposal to develop existing frameworks to impose greater control or influence over local compacts and only introduce new statutory obligations if this approach fails over time?

7.             Responses and comments need to be submitted by 08 August 2013, in any of the following ways:

·               Online form

Respond using the online form

·               Email 

·               Post

Third Sector and Community Policy Team
Welsh Government
Rhydycar Business Park
Merthyr Tydfil
CF48 1UZ

Background Papers

Welsh Government Consultation document – Continuity & Change – Refreshing the Relationship between Welsh Government and the Third Sector. Attached at Appendix 1


Contact Officer

Rachel Connor, Executive Director, Vale Centre for Voluntary Services


Officers Consulted


Responsible Officer:

Rachel Connor, Executive Director, Vale Centre for Voluntary Services