David Cameron’s embattled Big Society agenda has been dealt a fresh blow after key adviser Lord Wei announced he is to step down from the role.
Lord Wei will take up a new role with charity the Community Foundation Network, where he will “drive practical development of Big Society ideas in communities”, a Cabinet Office statement said.
The statement added: “Lord Wei has played a crucial role in developing the cross government programme of reform that is devolving power to citizens and communities and supporting them to make a difference.
“He remains a committed advocate of the Big Society and will continue to champion the cause of social action in the House of Lords.”
Lord Wei said he had been honoured to serve in government and that he was confident “now that the policies that are now in place will serve as a great foundation for the Big Society in years to come”.
He added: “It has become clear to me in the last few months that there is much work to do outside of government to advise people, communities, and what I call civic entrepreneurs to help build the Big Society locally and make it easier for everyone to get involved.”
A statement on Lord Wei’s blog said that the community foundation movement aims to help philanthropists create lasting value from their local giving through its network of 58 community foundations.
The statement added: “Community foundations are charities located across the UK dedicated to growing philanthropy, strengthening local communities, creating opportunities and tackling issues of disadvantage and exclusion. Community foundations manage funds donated by individuals and organisations, building endowments and acting as the vital link between donors and local needs.”