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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Conservative-run Surrey County Council has been forced to release a damaging financial report which warned in December 2016 that a 15% Council Tax referendum was “highly likely to fail”. The report, produced by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), cost nearly £25,000 and was commissioned in December – but was only released to […]

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Following the Lib Dems submitting a motion of no confidence in David Hodge, Leader of the Council at County Hall, he has resigned – but as Leader of the Conservatives on the Local Government Association. It has become clear that Tories in other local authorities have lost faith in David Hodge, but Conservatives on Surrey […]

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Earlier this week, I was successful in my call for Surrey County Council to oppose the Government’s funding proposals which could leave schools in Surrey with a £37 million hole in their budgets by 2020. Just after the Council unanimously agreed my motion, a Surrey Headteacher wrote to his local Conservative MP warning that schools in Surrey may […]

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Woking gets the lowest highway spending in Surrey

by willforster on 22 March, 2017

Surrey County Council has spent the least on resurfacing roads and pavements in Woking compared to anywhere else in Surrey. Following questioning at yesterday’s Full Council meeting, it has emerged that Woking receives the lowest amount of funding for resurfacing roads and pavements compared to the other 10 borough and districts in Surrey. In 2016/17, […]

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During today’s Full Surrey County Council meeting, the majority of Councillors decided to reject the call from the Lib Dems and I for the Leader of Council, David Hodge, to resign. Today’s vote has denied the residents of Surrey the fresh start that was so desperately needed.  It does not solve the excessive secrecy within […]

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My Lib Dem colleagues and I are calling for the release of an ‘invisible’ report, for which the Conservative administration at County Hall paid nearly £25,000. The report was quoted in the papers for the Council’s budget meeting on 7th February and relates to a ‘financial resilience review’ which was carried out in November 2016 by […]

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Surrey schools to lose £37 million by 2020

by willforster on 16 March, 2017

On behalf of the Lib Dems, I have launched a campaign against school funding cuts in Surrey. Recent figures from the National Union of Teachers show that Surrey schools will lose over £37 million in real terms by 2020 – the equivalent of losing almost 1,000 teachers. The Conservative Government are cutting funding to schools […]

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Since the start of 2017 and especially over the last month, Surrey County Council has been in the media spotlight and the public eye for all the wrong reasons.  That is why my Lib Dem colleagues and I have called for the Leader of the Council, Councillor David Hodge, to resign or face a motion of […]

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The Lib Dems and I have slammed the Government’s failure to provide enough extra cash for the NHS in today’s budget, warning that local health services will struggle to cope with growing demand. Ahead of the budget the Lib Dems called for a £4 billion funding boost for NHS and care services this year.  That […]

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New figures show that local authorities had to spend nearly £50 million clearing more than 900,000 cases of fly tipping in England in the last year.  It is the third consecutive year that the number of fly tipping incidents has gone up. Last year, Surrey County Council’s decided to charge residents for bringing construction and […]

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