The government’s relations with the voluntary sector: what next? An interview with the Right Honourable Alun Michael MP
Rochester, Colin (2012)


Alun Michael was one of the key figures in the development of the Labour Party’s policy towards the voluntary sector that was embodied in the 1998 Compact between the government and the voluntary and community sector. He is currently the chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on
Civil Society and Volunteering. In the interview presented in this article, he reflects on the extent to which the Compact led to a change in the culture of the relationship between the government and the sector, and some of the difficulties involved in developing a partnership model. He then
discusses the way in which public services are commissioned and assesses the impact of the current government’s localism agenda. Finally, he suggests how the relationship between the government and the sector can be strengthened in future.


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