Will Forster

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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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Following a motion by the Lib Dems, Surrey County Council unanimously agreed to introduce “school streets” in Surrey with the aim of encouraging active travel, improving air quality and promoting road safety. A school street is where the road outside a school is closed to vehicles during school drop-off and pick-up times except for those […]

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The local Lib Dems and I have today welcomed the election of Ed Davey as the Leader of the Lib Dems and backed his plans for a National Listening Project. In his acceptance speech, Ed Davey announced his plans to “get beyond Westminster” and speak to people across the country so they can tell us […]

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The local Lib Dems and I have called on Woking’s Conservative MP, Jonathan Lord, to “pledge to defend the rule of law against any attempts by Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings to undermine it.” It follows the Tory Government’s announcement of a so-called Independent Review of Administrative Law, with the aim of restricting the ability […]

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The Lib Dems have called on the Government to commit to a Summer Learning Fund that would support almost 1,500 disadvantaged children across Woking to get ready for returning to school. Lib Dem Education Spokesperson Layla Moran, who welcomed the Government’s u-turn on free school meals, warned further action was needed to “ensure no child […]

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Egley Road speed limit to be lowered

by willforster on 6 February, 2020

Surrey County Council has agreed to my request to lower the speed limit on Egley Road outside the Hoe Valley School. The A320 between Mayford and Woking currently has a 40 mph speed limit.  However, following the opening of the new school, both the County Council and Police have agreed to lower the limit to 30 […]

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Earlier today, my Lib Dem colleagues and I voted against Surrey County Council’s proposed budget for 2020/21 as it would put services to vulnerable people at further risk.  Almost every day I hear from families struggling with their child’s SEND needs or trying to get care packages for elderly relatives.  The County Council rations these services […]

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Action against speeding on Westfield Road

by willforster on 3 February, 2020

Surrey County Council will start work to make Westfield Road safer and combat speeding from 17th February. As local people know, Westfield Road has been accident black spot for too long.  Since the beginning of 2014, there have been 20 personal injury collisions on Westfield Road – resulting 4 serious and 16 slight injuries. Which is […]

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My Lib Dem colleagues and I have succeeded in halting Woking Borough Council bankrolling a private school.  Woking’s Conservative Executive recommended to all Councillors that a £21 million loan be given to Greenfield School.  The school, which recently moved from Brooklyn Road to the old International School site on Old Woking Road, was seeking a loan to expand and add extra […]

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46 EU academics from the University of Surrey, and 1179 from universities in London, have quit in the three years since the Brexit vote, research by the Lib Dems has revealed. 23 academics from the EU left the University of Surrey in 2018/19 alone, the figures show. The analysis, based on Freedom of Information responses from […]

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