Protect Local Democracy

UPDATE: In May/June 2017, War on Want supported a Judicial Review challenging the block on local council divestment, and WE WON! What a fantastic victory for local democracy and the BDS movement, but we'll have to remain vigilant to make sure our success isn't rolled back. Thanks to everyone who took action on this!


 

The government is changing the way local authorities in England and Wales invest their members’ pension funds. Under the new policy, central government has the power to veto investment decisions made by democratically elected local authorities.

This is an attack on local democracy.

The new pension regulations went into effect on 1 November 2016, but the fight for local democracy is not over.

For more information read our Q & A.

 

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