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Somerset Council Pension Fund – Divestment Toolkit

Here are some useful tools to support the pension fund divestment campaign aimed at your Local Government Pension Scheme.
If you want to join together with the existing divestment campaign group please contact: sigurdreimers@hotmail.co.uk
To contact or join South West Action on Pensions, email Caz Dennett: de-net@hotmail.co.uk

Sign the Pension Fund Divestment Petition

Click on the image to access the petition calling for Somerset Council Pension Fund to divest from fossil fuels.

Engage with the Pension Fund Committee

Send in questions: Contact Somerset Council and ask them about public participation:
https://democracy.somerset.gov.uk/mgCommitteeDetails.aspx?ID=200
Write to the Committee Chair: Cllr. John Thorne
Email: jbthorne@somerset.gov.uk
Post: County Hall, Taunton TA1 4DY
Tell them you are unhappy with continued fossil fuel investment and why
Copy your email or letter to Brunel Pension Partnership:
faith.ward@brunelpp.org Chief Responsible Investment Officer,
Post: Brunel Pension Partnership, 101 Victoria Street, Bristol, BS1 6PU

Contact the Pension Fund Helpline (Fund members only)

Email, postal and telephone contact details are here:
https://www.somerset.gov.uk/our-information/pensions/
Explain you understand the pension fund has investments in fossil fuels and other carbon intensive companies.
Tell them you wish to make a formal complaint as e.g. this is morally, ethically and financially irresponsible, because they are funding climate change, when they should be investing in a safe green future.
Make your complaint statement personal reflecting your own situation and concerns, in your own words.

Grab the UK Divest Guide to Engaging Councillors

Protecting our pensions and the planet: Briefing for councillors
This briefing for councillors outlines what fossil fuel divestment is, how divestment safeguards pensions and our communities, and why now is the time to act.

Passing Union Branch Motions

If you belong to a trade union and want to demonstrate support for the divest fossil fuels / invest in climate-friendly pensions campaign, you can ask your union branch to debate and support a motion. Then promote this motion amongst your members, and call them to action.

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