Tobacco investments held by local authority pension fund

Rob Davies made this Freedom of Information request to Rother District Council as part of a batch sent to 447 authorities

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Dear Rother District 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

foi, Rother District Council

Dear Mr Davies

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

Thank you for your request received on 17 April 2018 relating to information about tobacco investments held by local authority pension fund. We aim to respond to your request for information within 20 working days, in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act.

Freedom of Information Manager

Rother District Council
Town Hall
Bexhill on Sea TN39 3JX

T: 01424 787000
E: [Rother District Council request email]
W: www.rother.gov.uk

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foi, Rother District Council

Dear Mr Davies

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

 

With reference to your request received on 17 April 2018 about tobacco
investments held by local authority pension fund, we would respond as
follows:-

 

1.       What is the most recent available value of the local authority's
pension fund? –  We do not hold this information.  The pension fund is
administered by East Sussex County Council.

The Scheme Administrator’s contact details are:

ESCC Pensions Team
Business Operations East F
County Hall
St Anne’s Crescent
Lewes
East Sussex
BN7 1UE

Phone:01273 337450
Email: [1][email address]

 

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? – N/A

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

6. What is the local authority’s annual spend on smoking-related illness?
- None

 

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. – We do not
hold this information.  ESCC function.

 

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of the request please contact us
within 60 calendar days of this response, if you wish to request an
internal review.  If you are still dissatisfied with the outcome of the
internal review you have the right to make a complaint to the Information
Commissioner.  Their details are:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire   SK9 5AF

Tel. 01625 545700

[2]www.ico.org.uk

 

Please note that the information provided by Rother District Council is
intended for your personal use.  If it is your intention to re-use the
information for commercial gain, you will need to apply to the Council for
a license to re-use it, under the Re-Use of Public Sector Information
Regulations 2005.

 

Freedom of Information Manager

 

Rother District Council

Town Hall

Bexhill on Sea TN39 3JX

 

T: 01424 787000

E: [3][Rother District Council request email]

W:  [4]www.rother.gov.uk

 

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