‘Big Society’ organisers to get £20,000

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Community organisers in David Cameron’s “Big Society” will be paid £20,000 during their first year, the Government has revealed.

Up to 500 senior organisers will be trained over the next four years.

They will be supported by another 4,500 part-time workers and volunteers.

Civil Society Minister Nick Hurd said yesterday: “The organisers, who will be driven by local communities’ needs, will encourage social action and enable individuals to shape the services that matter most to them.

“The Big Society is about empowering people, and community organisers will play a key role by giving people a chance to improve the community in which they live.”

Big Society advisor Lord Wei said: “This is vital in generating the ‘ground-up’ approach needed to harness the energy and ideas of individuals and communities.”