Will Forster

Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate in Woking, Deputy Mayor of Woking and Councillor for South Woking Learn more

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Lib Dem Councillors have criticised the Conservatives running Surrey County Council for recruiting a £55,000 ‘Head of Strategy’ post when at the same time planning staff redundancies and cutting services by millions of pounds. The job advert, which has been posted extensively online and in the national press, seeks to recruit a ‘highly politically astute’ […]

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Over 2000 sign Lib Dem petition against tip closures

by willforster on 2 August, 2017

Over two thousand residents have signed a Lib Dem petition against Surrey County Council’s proposals to close four popular and well-used Community Recycling Centres in Bagshot, Cranleigh, Dorking and Warlingham. The County Council is also planning to reduce the opening hours of all the remaining tips, as well as scrapping the daily free waste allowance […]

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My Lib Dem colleagues and I have expressed deep concerns over plans by Surrey County Council to axe £2.8 million of the support it gives to the most vulnerable residents to support their housing needs. The County Council has launched a consultation on the proposals which if enacted would reduce the Housing Related Support budget by […]

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The Lib Dems at County Hall have criticised Conservative-run Surrey County Council after it emerged that after only two months of the new financial year, the Council is already predicted to overspend by £24 million pounds. According to the County Council, this overspend has been caused by the failure to achieve millions of pounds of savings, […]

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The Conservative Government’s £1 billion deal with the DUP could have paid for at least one extra teacher for every secondary school across the UK, including 59 more teachers in Surrey, research by the Lib Dems has revealed. Official figures show there are 4,169 state-funded secondary schools in the UK and that the average cost […]

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The Conservatives running Surrey County Council have announced plans to close four Community Recycling Centres (CRCs). These plans follow on from the introduction of hugely unpopular charges to use the CRCs last year which were forced through by the Tory Cabinet, despite widespread opposition by residents and the Lib Dem opposition. The County Council has […]

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The NHS in the South East could lose 6,400 staff from the European Union as a result of Theresa May’s extreme version of Brexit, the Lib Dems have warned. The NHS trusts have cover Woking could lose 930 European staff – 416 in Ashford and St Peters, 307 at the Royal Surrey County Hospital and […]

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Plans by Theresa May to axe free school lunches would waste the £1.96 million invested in Surrey school kitchens, according to the Lib Dems.  It comes after figures revealed 31,178 children in Surrey are set to lose out under the Conservative proposals. When in Government, the Lib Dems invested £160 million upgrading school kitchen facilities to enable them to prepare hot lunches, including […]

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Surrey County Council has introduced new rules to prevent County Councillors from funding street lighting, grit bins and highway schemes from their own local allocation budgets. The rules, which were introduced by the Conservative-administration at the Annual General Meeting of the County Council held on Tuesday 23rd May, prompted one Tory Councillor to speak out against […]

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100% of homes in Woking could be eligible for sale to meet Theresa May’s so-called ‘dementia tax’ – and as I wrote the other day, the average Surrey household could be forced to pay £337,726 for their social care if they suffer from dementia. That is why the Lib Dems and I have urged residents, irrespective […]

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