Will Forster

Lib Dem Leader on Woking Borough Council, Borough Councillor for Hoe Valley and County Councillor for Woking South Learn more

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Council must act on key worker housing

by willforster on 5 December, 2016

During tomorrow’s Full Council meeting, my Lib Dem colleagues and I will call on Surrey County Council to urgently address the lack of key worker housing available to its staff, which could save it millions of pounds each year. In 2015/16, the County Council spent £14.9 million on agency staff and have so far spent £7.4 million in […]

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The Autumn Statement

by willforster on 29 November, 2016

From a local perspective, I think last week’s Autumn Statement was a mixture of the good, the bad and the downright ugly. The good was definitely the Government’s decision to ban letting agent fees – which will save hard pushed private renters money.  Private renters not only pay huge amounts of money in rent per […]

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‘Pay to Stay’ housing scheme dropped

by willforster on 22 November, 2016

I was relieved to see that the Government has decided that the ‘Pay to Stay’ scheme for Council housing tenants earning over a certain income will now be voluntary, not compulsory. The Housing and Planning Act, currently working its way through Parliament, was going to require local authorities to charge tenants with a household income […]

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Figures released by the respected Leonard Cheshire charity have revealed that Surrey County Council has turned down hundreds of requests for social care in the last year. In 2015/16, the County Council turned down 78% of requests for social care which means that out of 35,565 requests, only 7,995 were successful.  Leonard Cheshire also shone […]

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Council rethinks on winter maintenance cuts

by willforster on 16 November, 2016

Surrey County Council has decided to reject proposed cuts to the winter maintenance budget which could have put local residents at serious risk of harm. Earlier this year, one of my fellow Lib Dem County Councillors chaired a Winter Maintenance Task Group which was requested to consider proposals to make budget savings of £340,000 including reducing the […]

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Consultation on tackling speeding on Westfield Avenue

by willforster on 11 November, 2016

Surrey County Council has been consulting local residents about installing traffic calming measures on Westfield Avenue. Sometime ago, I got the Council to agree to undertake a full consultation of the residents who live on Westfield Avenue and the roads off it on whether they want traffic calming measures, and if so which type of […]

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The Lib Dem Group at County Hall has written to the Equality and Human Rights Commission asking them to investigate the Conservative-run Surrey County Council’s policy that has increased adult social care charges for disabled residents by over £1 million pounds a year. In July this year, the Tory administration agreed changes to the way in which it […]

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Conservatives break key election promise on the NHS

by willforster on 2 November, 2016

The Conservative Government has been accused of “telling half truths and giving less than half the cash,” after it emerged that the Government is giving the NHS less than half of the £10 billion it pledged before last year’s General Election. Yesterday, the House of Common’s Health Committee wrote to the Chancellor of Exchequer for claiming […]

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During the Full Woking Borough Council meeting on 20th October, the Conservatives were forced to concede to a full public consultation on plans for a ‘McLaren New Town’ following pressure from Lib Dem Councillors and local residents. Although Woking Council is continuing to proceed with its plans to allow large scale house building in the […]

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Tory Tip Tax maybe breaking the law

by willforster on 28 October, 2016

Surrey County Council’s unpopular ‘Tory Tip Tax’ – where residents are charged to use local Community Recycling Centres – could be illegal. Legislation was passed in March 2015 by the Coalition Government which prevented local authorities from charging residents to use household waste recycling centres, either at the point of entry, exit or disposal.  The Government […]

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