Will Forster

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Heathrow expansion disappointing yet predictable

by willforster on 29 June, 2018

On Monday evening, the House of Commons voted in favour of Heathrow expansion.  For Surrey, the South East of England and the environment, this result is disappointing yet predictable and represents another broken promise to local people from this Conservative Government. The Lib Dems and I are opposed to further airport expansion in the South East […]

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The Government has published proposals calling on local authorities, including Surrey County Council, to be more open and transparent about their purchases of commercial properties for investment purposes. The consultation, which closed on December 22nd, states that local authorities need to “demonstrate more transparency and openness and to make it easier for informed observers to […]

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The Lib Dems and I are calling on Woking’s Member of Parliament, Jonathan Lord, to back amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill to stop a Hard Brexit. As a party, we are encouraging members of the public to contact their MP to ask them to support four amendments ahead of next week’s debate and vote. […]

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1,860 3-4 year-olds in Surrey would benefit from Lib Dem plans to triple funding for the early years pupil premium, with gives extra cash to nurseries, preschools and school receptions when they take on children from disadvantaged backgrounds. The cash would triple the funding to £1,000 per pupil per year – up from £302 in […]

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Yesterday, the Lib Dems have announced we would end years of pay restraint for nurses, teachers and police in Woking by lifting the 1% cap on public sector pay and increases wages in line with inflation. Under Lib Dem plans, the 9,539 teachers working in Surrey schools would get an average pay rise of £903 by 2021, while […]

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The Lib Dems and I are marking Europe Day today by calling on voters in Woking to support the Lib Dems in standing up to Theresa May’s plans for a hard, destructive Brexit. On Europe Day it is important to remember that the European Union was created to end centuries of war in Europe and […]

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I am completely dismayed at the news that Sajid Javid, the Conservative Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has delayed the pilot scheme that would have allowed Surrey County Council to retain 100% of its business rates next year. The Government had previously agreed to allow Surrey County Council to apply to become a […]

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With the Prime Minister today calling a snap General Election to be held on the 8th June – this will be Woking’s chance to prevent a Hard Brexit and protect the local economy. The Lib Dems are standing on a clear platform to prevent a Hard Brexit by staying in the Single Market, and to […]

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Surrey County Council fails on broadband target

by willforster on 17 February, 2017

Surrey County Council has recently announced that it has failed to meet its target to deliver a Superfast Broadband service to almost 100% of residential properties in Surrey. The Council is planning to drop this target following a report which has revealed that 15,300 Surrey properties in its intervention area are unable to access Superfast Broadband. […]

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The Autumn Statement

by willforster on 29 November, 2016

From a local perspective, I think last week’s Autumn Statement was a mixture of the good, the bad and the downright ugly. The good was definitely the Government’s decision to ban letting agent fees – which will save hard pushed private renters money.  Private renters not only pay huge amounts of money in rent per […]

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