Tory government 'would monitor social value of policies'

A Conservative government would enhance "social value" as well as economic efficiency, David Cameron said yesterday in a speech to the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

Delivering the CPRE annual lecture at the Royal United Services Institute in London, the Tory leader said he wanted to introduce new measures to assess the social impact of policy in the same way that environmental impacts were now considered.

“The next Conservative government will attempt to establish a measure or series of measures of social value that will inform our policy-making when in power,” he said. The Conservatives, he claimed, placed a “huge emphasis on civil society”.

Shaun Spiers, chief executive of the CPRE, said: “The Conservative Party will soon be publishing a green paper on housing and planning issues, and we will be very keen to see that it reflects the positive future for our rural communities, our green spaces, farming and food production that David Cameron has outlined.”

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