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Dear Wiltshire Council,

1) Please provide in Microsoft excel format for the end of the 2018/19 financial year:

a. the sum total of pension fund assets under management;

b. full details of what the Local Government Pension Fund currently invests in, including the full name and amounts of each fund, bond, institution and investment held, by asset class or category, including specific equities;

c. full details of any investments in: renewable energy, green technologies, social housing or community wealth building or low carbon funds.

I would like to receive this information in an unlocked excel sheet without protected cells (.xls). If you have to password protect the excel sheet, please can you also provide the password to the excel sheet.

2) Please provide any Local Government Pension Fund or Council policy or strategy statements, meeting minutes, investment principles, or Investment Strategy Statements that commit to reducing investments in fossil fuel producers or to decarbonise the Fund

If one part of the request can be answered sooner than others, please send that information first followed by any subsequent data. If you need further clarification, please contact me by email.

Yours faithfully,

James Marriott

FOI, Wiltshire Council

Dear Mr Marriott,

Thank you for your request for information dated 18.12.2019.

Your request is being handled under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Your request will now be considered and you will receive a response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined within the legislation which means you will hear from us on or before 21.01.2020.

Many thanks
Jenny

Jenny Dando
Senior Information Governance Officer
Traded Services & Training Cultural Change

Freedom of Information
Information Governance Team
Corporate Services and Digital
Wiltshire Council
County Hall | Trowbridge | Wiltshire | BA14 8JN

[Wiltshire Council request email]
www.wiltshire.gov.uk

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FOI, Wiltshire Council

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Dear Sir,

Freedom of Information Request – ENQ12251-REQ001

Thank you for your request for information dated 18 Dec in which you asked for the following information:

1) Please provide in Microsoft excel format for the end of the 2018/19 financial year:

a. the sum total of pension fund assets under management;

b. full details of what the Local Government Pension Fund currently invests in, including the full name and amounts of each fund, bond, institution and investment held, by asset class or category, including specific equities;

c. full details of any investments in: renewable energy, green technologies, social housing or community wealth building or low carbon funds.

I would like to receive this information in an unlocked excel sheet without protected cells (.xls). If you have to password protect the excel sheet, please can you also provide the password to the excel sheet.

2) Please provide any Local Government Pension Fund or Council policy or strategy statements, meeting minutes, investment principles, or Investment Strategy Statements that commit to reducing investments in fossil fuel producers or to decarbonise the Fund

If one part of the request can be answered sooner than others, please send that information first followed by any subsequent data. If you need further clarification, please contact me by email.
Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 ('the Act') The Council is obliged to:

• Let you know whether we hold the information you have requested
• Provide you with the requested information, if held, (subject to any exemptions under the Act which may apply).

I can confirm that Wiltshire Council holds the information you have requested. The information you requested is as follows; and is attached to the email;

Please find our response to this request attached. We would also like the statement below to be included on the response,
Statement from Wiltshire Pension Fund
The Wiltshire Pension Fund does not place restrictions on its investment managers in choosing individual investments in companies or sectors.
It does require those investment managers to consider social, environmental and ethical issues, and to manage and report on risks that are financially material to the performance of the fund.
That includes risks arising from environmental factors such as fracking and other fossil fuel extraction activities.
The fund believes that engaging with the companies it is invested in to effect long- term change is more appropriate than a blanket decision to divest from any particular group of companies.

Information supplied under the Act may be subject to copyright protection under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. You may use the information provided in response to your request under the terms of the Open Government Licence.

If you are dissatisfied with the above response you have a right to request a review of your request for information. Details of the complaints and review procedure are appended to this letter.

Yours sincerely

Miss Sukhvir Kaur
Information Governance Officer
Email: [email address]

Freedom of Information Complaints & Review Procedure

Any person who has requested information from Wiltshire Council, which has been dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act is entitled to complain and request an internal review of their request for information if they are dissatisfied with the response they have received.

Requests for review of Freedom of Information requests must be made in writing (includes email) to:

Freedom of Information Lead
County Hall
Bythesea Road
Trowbridge
Wiltshire
BA14 8JN

Email [email address]

Please include the reference number, date of your request and details of why the review is being requested. Requests for review should be brought to the attention of the Freedom of Information Lead within 40 calendar days of the response to the original request.

Any request for review will be acknowledged in writing confirming the reasons for the review. The Freedom of Information Lead will allocate the review to someone who is independent of the original decision. The person conducting the review will set a target date for a response with the intention to complete the review within 20 working days. In more complex cases the review may take up to 40 working days.

The reviewer will conduct a full review of the handling of the request for information and of decisions taken, including decisions taken about where the public interest lies in respect of exempt information where applicable. The review enables a re-evaluation of the case, taking into account any matters raised by the requestor.

On completion of the review the reviewer will reply to the requestor with the result of the review. If the requestor is still dissatisfied following the review they should contact the Information Commissioner to appeal the decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted using the following details:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Tel: 0303 123 1113 (local rate)
01625 545 745 (national rate)
Email: [email address]

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