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Local Authorities

Most people in Scotland are strongly opposed to nuclear weapons. While we continue to have a UK government which is committed to nuclear weapons, we need to ensure that all our Scottish representatives – in Holyrood and in our Local Authorities – make Scotland’s opposition plain, and do everything in their power to resist the UK’s nuclear programme.

An increasing number of Local Authorities are joining the ICAN Cities Appeal (which is also open to smaller authorities) and passing a resolution to state their support for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, in these words:

“Our city/town is deeply concerned about the grave threat that nuclear weapons pose to communities throughout the world. We firmly believe that our residents have the right to live in a world free from this threat. Any use of nuclear weapons, whether deliberate or accidental, would have catastrophic, far-reaching and long-lasting consequences for people and the environment. Therefore, we support the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and call on our governments to sign and ratify it.”

Write to your Local Councillors today to explain how they can make a difference by joining the ICAN Cities Appeal and calling for nuclear disarmament in Scotland and around the world.

Did you know? Don’t Bank on the Bomb Scotland estimates that Scottish public bodies and financial institutions invested more than £7 billion in nuclear weapons manufacturers in 2020. This includes investment through the Scottish Local Government Pension Scheme. A growing number of Local Authorities are also passing resolutions (such as the one passed by Inverclyde Council) to call for pensions to be invested in line with ethical guidelines, with no funding for nuclear weapons.

Find out more about how you can encourage your Local Authority to pass a resolution for nuclear divestment, via Don’t Bank on the Bomb Scotland. Write to your Local Councillors and urge them to take action.

We also encourage Local Authorities to join Nuclear-Free Local Authorities in the UK & Ireland, and the international Mayors for Peace organisation, to join a network of other local representatives who are working for nuclear disarmament in the UK and Ireland and around the world.