Will Forster

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

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Elected as President of Woking Mind

by willforster on 14 June, 2019

I was pleased to be elected as the new President of Woking Mind at their Annual General Meeting earlier this week. Woking Mind was founded in 1979 to support the needs of people living with enduring mental health illnesses. At the time, it was recognised that many vulnerable people struggling with their mental health were […]

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The Lib Dems and I have condemned the Conservative Government for slashing Surrey County Council budget for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) by £4,403.72 per pupil in real terms since 2015, resulting in a loss of specialist provision. The National Education Union, which published these statistics on 15th April, has warned that local authorities […]

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The Lib Dems have today called on Conservative Ministers to invest in local services to tackle childhood obesity following fresh official figures reveal 16% of children aged 10 to 11 across Woking are obese. According to the figures published by Public Health England, 20% children aged 10 – 11 across England are obese. The publication […]

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Surrey Half Marathon

by willforster on 13 March, 2019

It was great to start Sunday’s Surrey Half Marathon, along with the smaller children’s and 5k races.  The Mayoress and I enjoyed cheering on all the runners, who coped really well with the wind. I want to say a huge well done everyone involved in the Surrey Half – hope they all had fun.  It […]

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Surrey worst in the country for health checks

by willforster on 5 March, 2019

The Lib Dems and I have warned of a ‘postcode lottery’ as official figures reveal that only 30% of people in Surrey have been offered a health check over the last 5 years, significantly below the national average of 85.21% – the lowest in the country. Lib Dem Health Spokesperson Judith Jolly blamed “swingeing Conservative […]

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The Lib Dems and I have slammed the Conservative Government for their “hapless treatment” of European Union (EU) citizens after the Home Office released guidance on the new EU Settlement Scheme. The Home Office has confirmed that for the duration of the trial period, EU nationals applying to stay in the UK must either use […]

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Social care reform 700 days late

by willforster on 7 February, 2019

Today marks 700 days since the Government agreed to bring forward plans to adequately fund and improve the social care system – since then, this has been pushed back time and time again. According to Age UK, more than 50,000 older people have died waiting in vain for care since the Government first said it […]

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Chairing ‘Woking Debates’

by willforster on 18 January, 2019

Tomorrow, I will chair the first in a series of ‘Woking Debates’ – where local people come together to debate key topics. These monthly debates will take place at Christ Church in Woking town centre, on Saturdays between 11 am to 12.30 pm. Tomorrow’s debate is about health and social care – the adequate funding […]

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The NHS 10-year plan has serious shortcomings

by willforster on 9 January, 2019

Although it has now been forgotten as a result of the Government’s Brexit woes, earlier this week a 10-year plan for the NHS was unveiled – and like Brexit, I think it has some serious shortcomings. Talk of moving money towards prevention is welcome, but hollow given that the Government has removed £80 million from this […]

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Merry Christmas

by willforster on 23 December, 2018

I would like to wish everyone in Woking Borough a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Many of us will be spending the festive period with our families and friends, reminiscing about the year that’s passed, and getting ready to ring in the New Year full of resolutions for 2019. However, as we […]

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