Quality of Life Policy Group

The Quality of Life Policy Group which has been chaired by John Gummer released their final report today. The Group has spent 18 months developing ideas to make Britain a world leader on green issues. They report contains a number of proposals to reduce pollution and improve the wider environment.

David Cameron set up six policy groups to make recommendations to the Shadow Cabinet, and the Quality of Life group is the final one to report back. The Party will now discuss and debate the proposals, before deciding which recommendations will become firm policies.

The full report can be read here

2 thoughts on “Quality of Life Policy Group

  1. Thanks for your comment Jamie.
    I think you will find that David Cameron never used the words “hug a hoodie”. I believe he did speak about the importance of not judging all young people because of the actions of a minority.

    With regard to charging for out-of-town parking this is not an idea from David Cameron. The idea came from the Quality of Life working group who produced a very detailed report of over 500 pages. They suggested that local authorities could be allowed to require out-of-town shopping centres to charge for parking that is currently free if the existence of such large centres was threatening the survival of small high street retail businesses. This is one of literally hundreds of proposals from the six working groups and it may never be adopted as Party policy.

    David Cameron has explicitly said that the next Conservative Government will seek to move the burden of taxation onto activities that are harmful to the environment and use the proceeds to reduce tax on families.

    I am sorry if poor reporting of the Conservative position on this matter has resulted in your misunderstanding about the true position and I am happy to have had the chance to set the record straight.

    The Party wants to hear the views of as many people as possible on the reports which have been produced and you can submit your viewson the Stand up Speak up website which can be accessed by clicking on the link in the blogroll to the right.

    Once again many thanks for your comment.

  2. Hi David

    Your Leader David Cameron seems to continue to be out of step with the rest of the country. First he wanted us to hug a hoodie, now he thinks we should all be paying for the privilege of out-of-town shopping. Bearing in mind most people think unruly youngsters are given too much slack and we already pay too much in stealth taxes, I suggest neither idea is a vote-winner.

    That is not to say there is no merit in asking every one of us to do our bit for the planet.But this is a stick approach to changing people’s habits when what is really needed is the carrot. Many of us prefer shopping away from town centres for the simple reason that a parking spot is easier to find and we are not forced to pay through the nose for one.

    The cost is already covered by the businesses so what David Cameron is floating is simply another stealth tax on the British public. It would add to an already heavy burden caused by exorbitant utility bills, higher interest rates and a general increase in the cost of living. Perhaps he believes this signals a sea-change in the Conservative party’s ideology, sending out the message that the Tories are no longer scared to levy taxation for the greater good.

    Maybe, but once again I think he has picked the wrong target.

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