Will Forster

Lib Dem Spokesperson for Woking and Councillor for South Woking Learn more

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The Lib Dems are calling on the Government to raise Carer’s Allowance by £1,000 a year, to help support 1,250 unpaid carers in Woking during the pandemic. The party’s leader, Ed Davey, who has promised to be the voice of the 9 million carers in our country, has written to the Prime Minister urging him […]

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The Lib Dems and I have condemned the Chancellor for failing to introduce a comprehensive plan to save jobs after it was revealed that almost 3,000 people in Woking are currently on Universal Credit. As a party, we have criticised Rishi Sunak’s constant chop-and-change approach, urging him to put in place a proper plan to […]

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Earlier today, the Conservative majority on Surrey County Council used their own amendment to vote down a Lib Dem motion that would have tackled child food poverty. If approved, the original proposal by my Lib Dem colleagues and I would have committed the Council to taking the small, albeit valuable steps of ensuring the availability […]

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Lib Dems call for County Council to end child hunger

by willforster on 1 December, 2020

We have all become more aware of the need for free school meals in the last few months, but child food poverty did not start with the covid pandemic. That is why my Lib Dem colleagues and I have called on Surrey County Council to take steps to address this growing problem across the county. […]

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The Lib Dems and I have called on the Chancellor to level the playing field to help small high streets compete with internet giants in the run up to Christmas. The Lib Dems fear local shops hit by decreased footfall during the coronavirus pandemic will continue to struggle and have therefore proposed a new scheme […]

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The Lib Dems have warned Jonathan Lord should hand his head in shame for voting against measures to protect high environmental and animal welfare standards. Conservative MPs rejected amendments to the Agriculture Bill yesterday, which would have forced the UK Government to ensure that British food and animal welfare standards are maintained in any trade […]

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Jonathan Lord must use this last chance to back farmers

by willforster on 4 November, 2020

The Lib Dems and I have called on Woking’s MP to back British farming and vote to protect our high environmental and animal welfare standards in Parliament today. I have written to Jonathan Lord warning the Government must not risk farmers’ livelihoods to win a favourable trade deal from Donald Trump. Later today, MPs will […]

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Free school meals

by willforster on 27 October, 2020

Just before the summer, the Government refused to support families of children on free school meals. Thankfully, after a campaign led by footballer Marcus Rashford, they backed down and provided food vouchers for the school summer holiday. But what about half term, Christmas holidays and the school holidays next year?  What if schools are forced to […]

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Ahead of a crunch vote in the House of Commons next week, the Lib Dems have teamed up with pubs, restaurants and community clubs across the country to launch a “Keep the lights on” campaign in protest at the 10pm curfew. The Lib Dems and I have warned that no evidence has been published that […]

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The Lib Dems and I are calling for an extension of the Government’s furlough scheme until the jobs market is ready to bounce back in the wake of staggering job losses across the country. With 2,940 people now relying on Universal Credit in Woking, the Lib Dems want to extend furlough scheme to help stop […]

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