Lord Wei steps down as big society adviser

He will move to an unpaid role at the Community Foundation Network after a year advising on the government flagship policy

Lord Wei [credit: DCLG]
Lord Wei [credit: DCLG]

Lord Nat Wei will step down as the government’s adviser on the big society next week to take up an unpaid advisory role at the Community Foundation Network.

Wei was appointed to the House of Lords a year ago, when he was also made an official adviser on the government’s big society agenda, for which he was not paid. In February he announced he would reduce his working hours at the Cabinet Office.

Stephen Hammersley, chief executive of the CFN, told Third Sector: "Lord Wei will be leading an initiative to bring together social entrepreneurs to develop a culture of responsibility locally."

He said it had not yet been decided how many hours Wei would commit to the charity or what the details of his role would be.

Hammersley said: "There might be lots of politics around this appointment, but we believe that communities will ultimately be strengthened, and that is what we’re in it for."

Peter Kyle, acting chief executive of Acevo, said Wei should stand down from his role in the House of Lords. "I wish him personally all the best, but if he can’t stick a year of representing civil society, he should not be in the House of Lords for the rest of his life. That’s the very reason he was appointed to the Lords."

A spokesman for the Office for Civil Society said Wei would not be replaced. Wei wrote on his blog: "I am confident that the policies that are now in place will serve as a great foundation for the big society in years to come."

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