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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One of my Lib Dem colleagues at County Hall has written to a Government Minister asking him to scrap Surrey County Council’s unpopular charges for taking household waste to Community Recycling Centres. Lib Dem Councillor Stephen Cooksey, has written to Marcus Jones, Minister for Local Government, as part of our long-running campaign against the charges.  The unpopular fees were […]

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Lib Dems welcome Government’s Rough Sleeping Grant

by willforster on 14 January, 2017

The local Lib Dems and I have welcomed the announcement by the Government that part of a £20 million Rough Sleeping Fund will go to help rough sleepers in Woking. The fund will help new rough sleepers, or people at imminent risk of sleeping rough, to get the rapid support they need to recover and […]

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Last week, Lib Dem Councillors at County Hall called for the Leader of Surrey County Council to release a secret letter he has written to Surrey MPs regarding the Council’s finances. The letter, referred to as “certain communications from me on behalf of all of you” by the Leader of the Council at the Council meeting […]

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Lib Dems seeking an end to child burial charges

by willforster on 10 January, 2017

The local Lib Dems are seeking an end to burial charges for children and stillborns. My Lib Dem colleague, Councillor Ian Johnson, has submitted a motion to get Woking Borough Council to waive its burial charges for children and stillborns of local families. It is impossible to imagine how hard it must be for families […]

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Conservatives thinking about a 16% rise in Council Tax

by willforster on 7 January, 2017

Conservatives running Surrey County Council have proposed increasing Council Tax by a massive 16%. According to a report in the well respected Municipal Journal magazine, which covers local government issues, the Council is seriously considering a proposal to hold a county-wide referendum with the intention of raising Council Tax by 16%.  Under the current national rules, the […]

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My Lib Dem colleagues and I have expressed concern after it was revealed that Surrey County Council’s spending on consultants has increased by over 40% from the previous year. Following a question by the Lib Dems at the Cabinet meeting just before the Christmas and New Year break, it was revealed that spending on consultants has risen […]

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Central Government has suggested that local residents can take Conservative-run Surrey County Council to the High Court over its unpopular Tory Tip Tax. The Government stated this in a letter was sent from the Department for Communities and Local Government to one of my Lib Dem County Councillor colleagues, after he wrote to the Government outlining his concerns […]

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Council asked to think again on carers’ contract

by willforster on 14 December, 2016

Surrey County Council should re-think its plans to change the support it gives to carers, according to a cross-party group of Councillors. Last week, Councillors on the Social Care Services Board at County Hall ‘called-in’ the ruling Cabinet’s decision to reduce support for carers. Last month, the Cabinet approved a new contract for Independent Carers Support […]

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Woking Council to increase parking charges

by willforster on 10 December, 2016

Woking Borough Council is to increase the cost of parking in the town’s car parks despite the Conservatives boasting just 8 months ago that they had frozen parking charges and would not increase them in 2016. Before the last Woking Council elections in May, the ruling Tories boasted about freezing parking charges and promised that car […]

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During yesterday’s Surrey County Council meeting, Lib Dem Councillors have achieved a significant victory after the Conservative-run administration finally agreed to invest in key worker housing for staff. The proposals will see the County Council investing in housing for staff in key roles such as social workers, highways engineers and those who work with children – this follow […]

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