Will Forster

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On 18th June, the Home Office issued a letter to the Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, regarding Ahmed Hassan’s interaction with the Police and Home Office, prior to the Parsons Green bombing incident in September 2017. For a number of months, the Lib Dems and I have been pressing for a report on […]

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The publication today of the Ofsted report into Surrey County Council’s Children’s Services makes difficult reading, and tells a story of a slow, almost dilatory approach to improvement since the last Ofsted inspection. Both the last inspection and the one just published rates Surrey’s Children’s Services as ‘inadequate’. I really recommend reading as much of […]

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Call to repeal the Vagrancy Act

by willforster on 6 April, 2018

The local Lib Dems and I have come out in support of a petition to end the Vagrancy Act 1824 after it was revealed that Surrey Police have arrested 29 people over the last three years for begging and sleeping rough. This 19th Century law gives Police the power to arrest any people found begging […]

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The Surrey Lib Dem Group have called for a review of the County Council’s admitted failings in the Parsons Green bomb incident.  Ahmed Hassan, 18, was convicted of attempted murder on 16th March 2018. He had been placed in foster care in Sunbury by Surrey County Council since the summer of 2016. We have called […]

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Woking Police Station to close

by willforster on 15 March, 2018

Surrey’s Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner, David Munro announced last week that he intends to close the Police stations in Reigate and Woking, and move Surrey Police’s HQ from Mount Browne in Guildford to a new location in Mole Valley. The Police say they can cut costs by completely closing their bases in Reigate and […]

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Government calls time on Surrey’s Tory Tip Tax

by willforster on 16 January, 2018

The Government have stated that they wish to see an end to charges by local authorities, including Surrey County Council, for residents disposing of DIY waste. A consultation released this week by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) states that “The Government’s view is that residents should be able to dispose of […]

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Surrey Police are facing a real-terms cut of £1.9 million next year, the Lib Dems have revealed. Yesterday, the Government announced that core funding for police budgets will remain exactly the same as last year.  Taking into account inflation, that means Surrey Police will fall a real-terms cut of almost £2 million. The additional £270 […]

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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 are very disappointed following last week’s decision by the Conservative Cabinet on Surrey County Council to slash the opening hours of Community Recycling Centres across the county and increase charges for residents. The decision will see Community Recycling Centres close for an extra 20 days a week, as well […]

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Uber in Woking

by willforster on 23 September, 2017

Following yesterday’s decision by Transport for London to withdraw Uber’s license, Woking Borough Council has ruled out doing the same locally. As the licensing authority, the Council carries out through checks on all drivers, including medical, driving ability, local area knowledge test, and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checks.  Woking Council clearly takes a much […]

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