The Triple Test shows that the social dimension is the elephant in the room when it comes to an integrated approach to public policy. The Relationships Foundation wants to put a ‘Big Idea’ into the political process: that policy development, proposals for legislation and government action should all be subject to a triple test – economic, environmental and social. The economic test has long dominated political debate. Recently, however, policymakers have begun to move towards a second test by recognising the importance of the environment and seeking the tools necessary to address that vital sphere of life in their assessments. We now need to go further and add to this double test the neglected third element – the social test. This would truly lead to integrated public policy, what we define in this pamphlet as True National Wealth.
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