Pension fund's investments in tobacco bonds/shares

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Dear Dudley Council,

I am seeking information about the value of the local authority pension fund’s investment in tobacco shares and bonds, as well as the income from those investments. Please provide whatever answers you can to the following.

1. What is the most recent available value of the pension fund?

2. What is the value of the fund’s directly-held investment in shares or bonds of the following companies: British American Tobacco, Imperial Brands, Japan Tobacco International, Altria Group Inc, Philip Morris International, Universal Corp, Alliance One International?

3. What is the total combined value of the fund’s directly-held investments in the companies named above?

4. What income did the fund receive from these investments in the last 12-month period for which records are available?

5. Does the fund have any other investments in tobacco via pooled investments? What is the value of these?

6. What is the local authority’s annual spend on smoking-related illness?

7. Please supply the number of deaths attributable to smoking in the local authority areas covered by your pension fund. Your Director of Public Health or equivalent should be able to supply this figure.

If you require clarification on any of the above questions, please get in touch on 0203 353 3616, or 07415154041 or email me at [email address]

Yours faithfully,

Rob Davies

Dudley Triggers, Dudley Council

Dear Rob Davies,

Freedom Of Information Act 2000 - Information Request DMBCIR:17219
Description : Pension Funds Investment in Tobacco Shares and bonds

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Our ref: 17219 Direct Line: 01384 818451 Date: 18/04/2018

 
 
Mr Rob Davies
 
 
 
Dear Mr Davies,
 
Freedom Of Information Act 2000 - Information Request 17219
 
Your request for information received on 17/04/2018 has now been
considered. 
 
Your Request
 
I am seeking information about the value of the local authority pension
fund’s investment in tobacco shares and bonds, as well as the income from
those investments. Please provide whatever answers you can to the
following.

1. What is the most recent available value of the pension fund?

2. What is the value of the fund’s directly-held investment in shares or
bonds of the following companies: British American Tobacco, Imperial
Brands, Japan Tobacco International, Altria Group Inc, Philip Morris
International, Universal Corp, Alliance One International?

3. What is the total combined value of the fund’s directly-held
investments in the companies named above?

4. What income did the fund receive from these investments in the last
12-month period for which records are available?

5. Does the fund have any other investments in tobacco via pooled
investments? What is the value of these?

6. What is the local authority’s annual spend on smoking-related illness?

7. Please supply the number of deaths attributable to smoking in the local
authority areas covered by your pension fund. Your Director of Public
Health or equivalent should be able to supply this figure.
 
However this information is not held by Dudley MBC because pensions are
administered by West Midlands Pension Fund, Wolverhampton MBC.
 
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Vindro Mallhi
Information Governance Officer
 
 
 
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