Issue details

19/00096 - KCC's Civil Society Strategy

The Civil Society strategy (working title) will replace KCC’s existing VCS policy and set out the future relationship with civil society and the ‘social sector’, voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE), as a core part of that. The strategy will also set out the objectives and intentions for KCC’s future offer of support to the VCSE. How this will be delivered will be set out in a subsequent action plan, which will include the financial implications and commitments.

The strategy will include the grant framework for the council, which was developed in 2015 and has been updated based on feedback from the past 4 years of operation. This is intended to create consistency and clarity in the way we award grants to the VCSE across the Council.

The strategy will also replace the Kent Partners Compact, which was last revised in 2012 and will set out the principles of how we will engage and work with the VCSE in the future.

This will be a supporting strategy to the new Strategic Statement for the Council, to be agreed in early 2020 and will support a number of key objectives.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Affects more than two Electoral Divisions;

Decision status: Deleted

Division affected: (All Division);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 12/12/2019

Department: Strategic & Corporate Services


Early engagement has taken place through VCSE networks and representative bodies. Formal consultation will open in February (estimated) and will be for a 6-8-week period.


Cabinet Committee consultation planned or undertaken.  If planned – which meeting do you wish to attend? 


A draft proposal to go out to consultation in the new year and with a high-level outline of the strategy structure was taken to Policy and Resources Cabinet Committee on 8th November. The final draft of the strategy informed by the consultation will go back to P&R Committee on 12th May (estimated).


Financial implications: None Stated

Legal implications: None Known

Equalities implications: An Equalities Impact Assessment screening has been undertaken.