Will Forster

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

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A petition set up by Lib Dems calling on Surrey County Council to axe its charges on residents disposing of DIY waste has attached over 1,000 signatures in just over 2 weeks. The petition was set up after the Government, as part of a wider consultation on fly-tipping, stated that “The Government’s view is that […]

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Children and young people’s mental health services

by willforster on 19 February, 2018

I am becoming increasingly concerned about the long waiting times faced by children and young people with mental health problems. Surrey County Council’s Children and Education Select Committee expressed fury about the state of local mental health services at its last meeting in November, and the committee is due to discuss it again at its […]

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Conservative civil war on BBC Surrey

by willforster on 15 February, 2018

The former Conservative Leader of Surrey County Council, Andrew Povey, yesterday went on BBC Surrey Radio and attacked David Hodge, current Tory Leader of the Council.  You can listen to the radio interview, starting at 2:07:35, here. I am pleased that Councillor Povey agrees with what the Lib Dems and I have been saying about […]

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My Lib Dem colleagues and I have accused Ray Morgan, the Chief Executive of Woking Borough Council, of acting as a spin doctor when he offered to write the local Conservatives’ literature in the forthcoming local elections, despite senior Council staff being required to be politically neutral. The Chief Executive’s offer was meant to be solely […]

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MPs fail to stand up for Surrey crucial funding vote

by willforster on 11 February, 2018

My Lib Dem colleagues at County Hall and I have criticised Surrey’s 11 Conservative MPs after they all voted in favour of the Local Government Finance Settlement in the House of Commons on Wednesday 7th February. The Settlement sets out the level of funding from Central Government to local authorities for the next financial year […]

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Young people leaving care in Woking will soon be exempt from paying Council Tax until their 25th birthday following Woking Borough Council’s unanimous decision to back my motion on the subject. I was delighted that during last night’s Full Council, all Councillors agreed to support my call to help Woking’s section of the 730 young care […]

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I am very concerned that Surrey County Council has refused to guarantee that Lakers Youth Centre in Goldsworth Park will be rebuilt, after it was damaged by a fire last month. During yesterday’s Full Surrey County Council meeting, I asked a formal question of the Council’s Cabinet Member in charge of the Council’s property – […]

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Lib Dem Councillors at County Hall have written to Surrey’s 11 MPs asking them to vote against the Local Government Finance Settlement in Parliament on Wednesday 7th February.  The Settlement sets out the level of funding from Central Government to local authorities for the next financial year, and has been widely criticised for failing to address […]

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The local Lib Dems and I have welcomed Woking Borough Council’s proposals for an ‘Earn Your Deposit’ scheme and highlighted the local Tories’ U-turn on the Government’s Right to Buy policy. Woking Council’s housing company, Thameswey Housing, will soon offer its over 400 tenants the opportunity to earn money towards a deposit on their first […]

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My Lib Dem colleagues and I have launched a petition calling for Surrey County Council to abolish its charges for residents disposing of DIY waste – known locally as the ‘Tory Tip Tax’. The petition follows a consultation from the Government announcing that they oppose the principle of councils charging residents for disposing of DIY […]

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