Will Forster

Lib Dem Councillor for South Woking and Leader of the Lib Dems on Surrey County Council Learn more

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My Lib Dem colleagues and I have called on the Government to double the Warm Home Discount for existing recipients and make it available to 168 pensioners across Woking.  The measure would prevent pensioners being forced to choose between eating and heating this winter. The call comes amid fears that local residents, particularly 1,222 pensioners on […]

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Lib Dems criticise poor choice of highway contractors

by willforster on 29 September, 2021

Yesterday, I questioned Surrey County Council’s process of selecting a new highways maintenance contractor which has resulted in the three final bids coming from companies all with a history of failing Surrey residents. The Council’s Cabinet met yesterday and agreed to award the contract to either Amey, Kier or Ringway. Initially the contract will be […]

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County Deal is a power grab

by willforster on 28 September, 2021

The Lib Dems and I have called Surrey County Council’s draft County Deal for Surrey bid a power grab. The County Council is currently putting together a bid for more powers from Central Government as part of a County Deal for Surrey.  However, there is growing concern that the County Deal bid is a simple power […]

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Parents of almost 150,000 children in Surrey would receive vouchers worth £200 a year to spend on catch-up classes and educational activities, under plans announced by the Lib Dems. The policy would empower parents to help their children catch up after months of school closures and disruption during the pandemic.  The vouchers could be spent on […]

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The Lib Dems have published figures showing that 16,872 of State Pensioners in Woking are set to be impacted by the Government breaking its manifesto promise and suspending the triple lock on pensions. The state pension triple lock is a rule that means the state pension must rise each year in line with the highest […]

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MP for Woking breaks promise over unfair tax hike

by willforster on 9 September, 2021

The local Lib Dems have slammed local Conservative MP Jonathan Lord’s choice to break their promise to the electorate and vote for a 1.25% rise in National Insurance. The changes, which go against the Tories’ manifesto promise not to raise taxes, will mean hard-pressed local families and small businesses will be left paying hundreds of […]

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Lib Dems criticise County Deal for Surrey bid

by willforster on 6 September, 2021

The Lib Dems and I have criticised the Conservative Leader of Surrey County Council for unilaterally writing to the Government asking for a County Deal for Surrey. In a letter dated 10th August, Councillor Tim Oliver who to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary, Robert Jenrick, formally registering Surrey County Council’s interest in more […]

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As many as 13% of hard-pressed families across Woking face being left worse off when the Government end the uplift to Universal Credit next month. New data from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation exposes the true nature of how badly some areas will be hit by the £20 Universal Credit cut, which is opposed by the Lib Dems and […]

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My Lib Dems colleagues and I have challenged Surrey County Council over failures to answer data protection and freedom of information requests from local residents within legal time limits. During the last Cabinet meeting, I asked how many enquiries were not responded to in the required time. Under the General Data Protection Regulation, public sector […]

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My Lib Dem colleagues and I have succeeded in securing agreement for a full review of Woking Borough Council’s finances. Councillors gave unanimous support for a review to look at all aspects of Woking’s finances at the last Council meeting before the August break. The Lib Dems made a commitment to a full financial review […]

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