Will Forster

Mayor of Woking and Lib Dem County Councillor for Woking South Learn more

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My Lib Dem colleagues at County Hall and I are calling for Surrey County Council to make urgent financial preparations following a recent judgement in Bristol in which a group of parents successfully challenged Bristol City Council’s decision to make deep cuts in special educational needs (SEND) provision.  Parents in Surrey have launched a similar […]

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County Councillors in Surrey have agreed that children’s mental health and special needs provision should be the subject of detailed study in partnership with universities and others so that current and future demand for these services can be met. Two members of the Lib Dem Group at County Hall moved an motion during yesterday’s Full […]

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Earlier today, I was pleased to join residents of Kingsmoor Park in Westfield and children from Westfield Primary School to unveil three large wooden totem sculptures carved by the community under the guidance of local artist Ruth Wheeler. As part of the finishing touches to Thames Valley Housing’s Kingsmoor Park development, the housing association in partnership […]

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Surrey Lib Dems call for CAMHS improvements

by willforster on 7 July, 2018

My Lib Dem colleagues at County Hall and I are calling for urgent improvements to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, known as CAMHS, in the county. Surrey County Council currently commissions these services from Surrey and Borders NHS Trust, but there has been strong criticism of the long waiting times for routine assessments and […]

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My Lib Dem colleagues and I have recently raised concern over the future of Children’s Centres in Surrey.  Currently there are 58 centres across the county, providing services such as childcare, play and learning sessions, parenting courses, employment support and information and guidance for low-income families – but Surrey County Council is currently consulting on […]

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Woking Council avoids £3 million in tax on Dukes Court

by willforster on 14 December, 2017

Woking Borough Council saved £3 million in Stamp Duty when it acquired the Dukes Court office building by purchasing a holding company. The Council agreed to buy the office block for just over £72 million, but will pay a maximum of just £360,000 in Stamp Duty on the deal by purchasing the Luxembourg-registered company that […]

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The Lib Dems at County Hall got a big win earlier this week when Surrey County Council unanimously backed our call to increase the level of places for pupils with Special Educational Needs within Surrey. A motion, tabled by two of my Lib Dem colleagues, was accepted unanimously by all Councillors.  The County Council spends […]

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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 have called upon Surrey County Council to improve and expand its provision of services to children with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND). The County Council spends a total of £237 million on SEND services for children and young people, educates 822 SEND students outside of the county, and […]

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Surrey County Council’s property empire

by willforster on 9 October, 2017

During tomorrow’s Full Council meeting, the Lib Dem Group will call on the Conservatives running Surrey County Council to stop further investment in commercial property outside of Surrey and to instead prioritise Council owned vacant buildings to either be used to provide services or to be sold or let. The County Council has invested in […]

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