York City Council votes to protect local democracy

5 April 2016 - 5:30pm

On 24 March 2016, York City Council passed a resolution opposing the government's proposed changes to the local government pension investments scheme.

The motion came in response to the government's announcement that it wants to change to the way local authorities in England and Wales invest their members’ pension funds. Under the plan, central government would have the power to veto investment decisions made by democratically elected local authorities in order to promote human rights and social justice.

In this video, Councillor Danny Myers spells out why it's so important for local councils to take a stand to protect local decision making and democracy.

Danny states: "I've been contacted by a number of residents concerned that investment and procurement decisions made by local councillors on principled grounds regarding fossil fuels, the arms trade, human rights and fair trade could be vetoed by the government...

"People elect their representatives to speak out and act on their promises. The government must respect local democracy."

He also gave the example of local opposition to fracking, a dangerous and controversial process being pushed by the government despite being met with fierce opposition by people in York and other areas.

This resolution shows how residents and their elected representiatives, like Danny Myers, are stepping up to take action.

Newcastle City Council passed a similar resolution on 8 February.

You can find out more information about our campaign to Protect Local Democracy and take action on our website.

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