Archbishop Attacks Cameron's 'Big Society'
9:03am UK, Sunday June 24, 2012 SKY NEWS
The Archbishop of Canterbury has attacked David Cameron's "big society", saying it comes across as "aspirational waffle".
Rowan Williams says the Prime Minister's flagship policy - with the stated aim of empowering local people and communities - conceals "a deeply damaging withdrawal of the state from its responsibilities to the most vulnerable".
The criticism is made in a new book, extracts of which have been quoted in The Observer newspaper, and comes as Mr Cameron revealed he is considering axing most of the £1.8bn in housing benefit paid to the under-25s.
Dr Williams, who steps down in December after 10 years in his role as Archbishop, writes: "The big society, introduced in the run-up to the last election as a major political idea for the coming generation, has suffered from a lack of definition about the means by which such ideals can be realised