Will Forster

Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate in Woking, Deputy Mayor of Woking and Councillor for South Woking Learn more

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Next week, the Conservative Cabinet of Surrey County Council is expected to agree to enter into a Joint Venture with an external company to redevelop the Council’s own land and buildings for housing for sale and rent. Although I welcome action being taken at long last to utilise County Council owned buildings and land which […]

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Surrey County Council was recently criticised by OFSTED for Surrey’s Children’s Services – these criticisms were very serious, and 3 years after the County Council’s Children’s Services were inspected by OFSTED and subsequently rated as “inadequate”. There is a long list of failings that have been identified – the poor quality of social work, weaknesses in […]

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Woking Council avoids £3 million in tax on Dukes Court

by willforster on 14 December, 2017

Woking Borough Council saved £3 million in Stamp Duty when it acquired the Dukes Court office building by purchasing a holding company. The Council agreed to buy the office block for just over £72 million, but will pay a maximum of just £360,000 in Stamp Duty on the deal by purchasing the Luxembourg-registered company that […]

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Surrey County Council has admitted it’s spending on consultants has more than doubled from the previous year. The Council revealed that spending on consultants rose from £305,000 in 2015/16 to £663,420 in 2016/17 – a staggering rise of 118%.  The maximum day rate paid was a shocking £1,800 per day – meaning that at least one […]

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The Lib Dems at County Hall got a big win earlier this week when Surrey County Council unanimously backed our call to increase the level of places for pupils with Special Educational Needs within Surrey. A motion, tabled by two of my Lib Dem colleagues, was accepted unanimously by all Councillors.  The County Council spends […]

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Later today, my Lib Dem colleagues and I will call for Surrey County Council to end relying on members of the public to report missing or damaged road signs and instead are calling for a sign inspection policy to be developed and implemented. Surrey’s roads are littered with posts with no signs and damaged signs.  […]

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I have submitted a motion calling on Woking Borough Council to help struggling young people who have just come out of living in care by giving them a 100% Council Tax discount. Care leavers have had their childhoods punctuated by instability and trauma, they leave home earlier and have less support than other young people.  […]

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My Lib Dem colleagues and I have called upon Surrey County Council to improve and expand its provision of services to children with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND). The County Council spends a total of £237 million on SEND services for children and young people, educates 822 SEND students outside of the county, and […]

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Woking’s railways remain completely off track

by willforster on 29 November, 2017

Woking has been completely ignored in the Government’s latest rail strategy.  The Conservative Government announced its new rail strategy today, but Woking was not mentioned once – despite Woking being a key transport hub and having some of the most over overcrowded trains in the country. Despite years of debate over Crossrail 2, a new […]

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My Lib Dem colleagues at County Hall have handed in a petition with over 2,000 signatures calling for Surrey’s Performing Arts Library to be retained. This follows a consultation held by Surrey County Council which outlined 3 options for the Library – closure, fragmentation of the service across other libraries or the service by being […]

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