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PM's Big Society 'Tsar' to quit


David Cameron's Big Society 'Tsar' is to step down from his role

David Cameron's Big Society 'Tsar' is to step down from his role

David Cameron's Big Society 'Tsar' is to step down from his role

David Cameron's Big Society 'Tsar' is to step down from his role, it has been revealed.

Former management consultant Lord Wei is giving up his job as an unpaid adviser to the Prime Minister.

The news comes after Mr Cameron relaunched the project earlier this week, insisting he is still determined to keep it at the heart of the coalition's programme.

Lord Wei, who took up his post when the coalition came to power, was said to have trimmed his hours in February so he could spend more time with his family.

He said he would now be working with the Community Foundation Network to drive "practical development of Big Society ideas".

"I look forward to taking on this new role where I will be getting out into communities and advising investors, organisations and community leaders in helping them to transfer power and resources from the centre to where it is really needed," Lord Wei said.

"I will always be proud to have played a modest role in helping lay the foundations here on which the Big Society will be built in years to come. I want to thank everyone, but particularly the Prime Minister, for giving me this opportunity and for pursuing this vision with courage and determination."

The Prime Minister praised the peer's hard work in developing the Government's approach.

"Nat has worked incredibly hard over two years to help develop policies that support the Big Society," Mr Cameron said. "He has played an important role in delivering key initiatives like Community Organisers, National Citizen Service, and the Big Society Bank. I wish him every success in his new role with the Community Foundation Network."

However, shadow Cabinet Office minister Tessa Jowell said Mr Cameron's big idea was a "farce" despite repeated efforts to capture the public's imagination. "No doubt everyone will wish Nat Wei well, but yet again the Big Society is descending into farce," she said. "Only a day after Cameron told us all to take more responsibility, it appears that there will now be nobody in his Government responsible for bringing the Big Society into reality."

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