Protect Local Democracy

UPDATE: In May/June 2017, War on Want supported a Judicial Review challenging the block on local council divestment, and WE WON! What a fantastic victory for local democracy and the BDS movement, but we'll have to remain vigilant to make sure our success isn't rolled back. Thanks to everyone who took action on this!


 

The government is changing the way local authorities in England and Wales invest their members’ pension funds. Under the new policy, central government has the power to veto investment decisions made by democratically elected local authorities.

This is an attack on local democracy.

The new pension regulations went into effect on 1 November 2016, but the fight for local democracy is not over.

For more information read our Q & A.

 

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MPs across parties call for suspension of arms sales to Israel

24 May 2018 - 10:00am

A cross-party group of MPs have called for a suspension of arms sales to Israel in an Early Day Motion tabled on 23 May 2018.

MPs from across political parties have expressed dismay over the UK Government’s response to Israel’s killing of unarmed protesters in Gaza, with particular questions on the legality of UK arms sales to Israel.

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Reaction: UK abstention from UN Gaza vote makes a mockery of commitment to international law

19 May 2018 - 9:00am

Trusting that Israel can fairly and neutrally investigate its own war crimes is an insult to any common sense definition of justice, and makes a mockery of the UK’s stated commitment to international law, human rights, and accountability

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