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'Big society tsar' to cut hours

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The Conservative peer appointed by prime minister David Cameron to champion his “big society” idea is to cut back the number of hours he devotes to the unpaid post, the Guardian has reported.

Lord Wei of Shoreditch was installed as the “big society tsar”, with the brief to promote the idea of encouraging communities to take over the running of local services like charity projects and schools amid a push for volunteerism.

However, the peer, who has been working three full days a week in his post, is to cut his hours down to working two full days over a three-day period.

It is thought he told friends that reducing his hours would allow him to “get a life” by seeing his family more as well as increasing his potential earnings by freeing him up for other jobs.

Critics of the Tories’ “big society” idea have often cited concerns that people will struggle to run a public service as well as hold down a full-time job and spend quality time with their families.

The Cabinet Office has been contacted for a response.

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