Will Forster

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

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Conservative civil war on BBC Surrey

by willforster on 15 February, 2018

The former Conservative Leader of Surrey County Council, Andrew Povey, yesterday went on BBC Surrey Radio and attacked David Hodge, current Tory Leader of the Council.  You can listen to the radio interview, starting at 2:07:35, here. I am pleased that Councillor Povey agrees with what the Lib Dems and I have been saying about […]

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MPs fail to stand up for Surrey crucial funding vote

by willforster on 11 February, 2018

My Lib Dem colleagues at County Hall and I have criticised Surrey’s 11 Conservative MPs after they all voted in favour of the Local Government Finance Settlement in the House of Commons on Wednesday 7th February. The Settlement sets out the level of funding from Central Government to local authorities for the next financial year […]

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Young people leaving care in Woking will soon be exempt from paying Council Tax until their 25th birthday following Woking Borough Council’s unanimous decision to back my motion on the subject. I was delighted that during last night’s Full Council, all Councillors agreed to support my call to help Woking’s section of the 730 young care […]

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Lib Dem Councillors at County Hall have written to Surrey’s 11 MPs asking them to vote against the Local Government Finance Settlement in Parliament on Wednesday 7th February.  The Settlement sets out the level of funding from Central Government to local authorities for the next financial year, and has been widely criticised for failing to address […]

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Yesterday, the Conservative administration announced their budget proposals containing £54 million of cuts to services and a 6% Council Tax rise. These budget recommendations are due to be approved by the Council’s Tory Cabinet on Tuesday 30th January, and then by all County Councillors as Full Council on Tuesday 6th February. This draft budget contains […]

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The Government has published proposals calling on local authorities, including Surrey County Council, to be more open and transparent about their purchases of commercial properties for investment purposes. The consultation, which closed on December 22nd, states that local authorities need to “demonstrate more transparency and openness and to make it easier for informed observers to […]

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1,137 patients have faced waits of half-an-hour or more in ambulances outside the Accident and Emergency Departments that serve Woking so far this winter – of these, 247 faced waits of over an hour. In the week to 31st December, 450 patients at St Peter’s Hospital and 440 at Royal Surrey County Hospital faced waits of […]

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My fellow Lib Dem County Councillors and I have criticised Surrey County Council’s plan to set aside income derived from property acquisitions into further property speculation rather than investing in services.  According to the latest budget figures, the County Council is facing an overspend of £19 million in the current financial year but is planning […]

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My Lib Dem colleagues and I have called for a scrutiny investigation following the disclosure that Surrey County Council have paid an undisclosed sum to Virgin Care, following legal proceedings over the awarding of a health contract. Virgin Care sued the County Council, alongside six Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Surrey, citing “serious flaws” in […]

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Surrey Police are facing a real-terms cut of £1.9 million next year, the Lib Dems have revealed. Yesterday, the Government announced that core funding for police budgets will remain exactly the same as last year.  Taking into account inflation, that means Surrey Police will fall a real-terms cut of almost £2 million. The additional £270 […]

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