Building the big society will be 'arduous and filled with setbacks', warns Lord Wei

Government adviser outlines challenges in maiden speech in House of Lords

Lord Wei
Lord Wei

The government's big society adviser has warned that the journey to giving communities more power will be "long, arduous and filled with setbacks".

During his maiden speech in the House of Lords this week, Lord Wei said challenges in realising a partnership between government and civil society included "institutional resistance to the change this approach entails" and apathy.

"Neither civil society nor government, nor we in this house, should be under any illusion that the journey to achieving this 21st-century partnership will not be long, arduous and filled with setbacks," he said.

"But the state of our politics, the resourcefulness now required of our economy and the multi-faceted and complex nature of the social policy challenges we face appear to me to invite us to travel down this path as far as it can take us over the coming years, until a new, healthier, more vibrant balance can be found for the benefit of this nation."

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