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Pension fund's investments in tobacco bonds/shares

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Dear South Tyneside Metropolitan Borough 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

foi, South Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Mr Davies

Your FOI Request was received by South Tyneside Council on the 17th April 2018

I write to confirm that a decision about your request will be made within 20 working days from the date we received your request. Should there be any delays or discrepancies with your request then this will be communicated to you in due course.

If you have any further queries regarding this matter then please do not hesitate to contact the FOI team on [South Tyneside Council request email] or 0191 424 6539 and quote the reference number FOI 18.19504 Regards

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Dear Mr Davies

Please find attached the Council’s response to your Freedom of Information Request.

Regards

Information Governance
South Tyneside Council

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