Tobacco investments held by local authority pension fund

Eastbourne Borough Council did not have the information requested.

Dear Eastbourne 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 local authority's 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

Access to Information, Eastbourne Borough Council

Thank you for your information request received today.


I am currently reviewing your request and investigating whether there is
any information available for disclosure.  The council, in accordance with
Section 10 of the Freedom of Information Act (2000), will reply to your
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following the date of receipt.


Please contact me again if you require any assistance with your request
and I will do my best to provide the relevant help and advice.


Kind Regards



Information Governance Officer

Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council



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Dear Mr Davies


I refer to your information request dated 17 April 2018, received in our
office on the same day.


I have reviewed your request and investigated whether there is any
information which can be disclosed to you and have found that Eastbourne
Borough Council does not hold the information you have requested.


The pension scheme for Eastbourne Borough Council employees is run by East
Sussex County Council. They should also be able to respond to questions 6
and 7, although this information may be held by the local NHS Trust. I
provide contact details below.


Freedom of Information Office

East Sussex County Council

Room C6F, County Hall

St Anne’s Crescent




Tel: 01273 482913

Email: [1][email address]


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Information Governance Appeals Officer

Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council

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Please contact me again, quoting your reference number, if you require any
further assistance with your current request and I will do my best to
provide the relevant help and advice.


Yours sincerely



Kevin Rance
Information Governance Officer


Lewes and Eastbourne Legal Services acting on behalf of Lewes District
Council and Eastbourne Borough Council


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