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No Wei ahead for Big Society?
25 May 2011
Lord Nat Wei of Shoreditch, the government's Big Society czar, has stepped down days after the government's relaunch of the Big Society.
The decision by Wei, who has taken up a position with the Community Foundation Network, has instigated a wave of attacks on the Big Society from the government's critics.
Unite's national officer Rachel Maskell said the resignation 'speaks volumes for the failure' of the Big Society while Labour called it a 'farce'.
Wei had been in post as Big Society adviser less than a year. His resignation comes after an announcement of a reduction in his hours to focus on more paid work, despite one the central concepts of the Big Society being a commitment to voluntary work.
So is the Big Society dead, or can initiatives like the Big Society Bank rescucitate it again? Let us know below the line.
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