Protect local democracy – sign this petition

The government has proposed changes to the way local authorities in England and Wales invest their members’ pension funds. Under the plans, central government would have the power to veto investment decisions made by democratically elected local authorities. This is an attack on local democracy.

In recent years, councils across the UK have adopted fair trade principles or excluded fossil fuel, tobacco and arms companies from their investment portfolios in response to local concerns. Many councils have passed motions stating they will not procure services from companies that aid and abet Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian territory, or from construction companies that blacklist trade union members.

Please sign this petition (opens in new window) organised by 350.org ,together with War on Want, Campaign Against Arms Trade, Community Reinvest, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Global Justice Now, Conscience and Platform.

The government consultation ends on 19 February.