Judicial review into government’s attack on local democracy begins

14 June 2017 - 10:30am
Press release

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign’s (PSC) judicial review over the UK government’s controversial new pension investment regulations begins today.

The new government regulations concern the Local Government Pension Schemes (LGPS) and restrict local councils from ethically divesting from companies, including those complicit in the occupation of Palestine.

Speaking ahead of the hearing War on Want's senior militarism and security campaigner, Ryvka Barnard,  said:

"The government has a serious case to answer when it blocks local communities from taking ethical stances against the likes of G4S whose complicity in the abuse of Palestinians’ human rights is proven.

"War on Want’s members and allies ran local divestment campaigns to hold G4S to account for its deplorable record. Local people should be applauded for caring about human rights but the new regulations make this kind of action impossible.

"The government’s contempt for the public and their views is shocking and makes a mockery of any commitment it claims to have to democracy and human rights."

War on Want and Campaign Against Arms Trade provided witness statements to support the case.

 

Notes to editors

For more information and to arrange interviews contact Ross Hemingway on 07983 550 728

War on Want supports legal challenge to UK government's pension policy

War on Want: Protect Local Democracy Q&A 

Bindmans: Palestine Solidarity Campaign challenge to ban on ethical divestment

PSC press release, 16 October 2016: PSC takes government to court

 

 

 

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