Will Forster

Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesperson for Woking and Councillor for South Woking Learn more

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The Lib Dems have announced today that they would allow Woking Council to increase Council Tax by up to 500% on empty homes that are left empty long-term. The latest Government statistics show that there were 346 homes left empty long-term in Woking Borough in 2018. In response, and as part of its plan to […]

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Woking Council fails to support vulnerable residents

by willforster on 18 October, 2019

The Lib Dems and I have called on Woking Borough Council to fully distribute money earmarked to support vulnerable people in Woking. Central Government gives local authorities funding, called Discretionary Housing Payments, to help vulnerable residents who are struggling to pay their housing related bills.  If this money is not paid out to residents by […]

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Surrey County Council has agreed to my request to help its European Union (EU) staff and children in care apply for ‘settled status’ post-Brexit. Earlier this year, the Government announced that EU nationals would have to apply and pay for settled status post-Brexit, though they have recently waived the application fees.  This ‘pay to stay’ […]

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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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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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Shelter’s homelessness investigation

by willforster on 22 November, 2018

An investigation by the nationwide homeless charity Shelter has reinforced why I was right to choose the York Road Project has my Mayoral Charity. Shelter’s report ‘Homelessness in Great Britain: the numbers behind the story’ shows that homelessness is increasing across the country, with one in 52 people in the capital now homeless – and […]

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Mayor to Sleep Out in Woking

by willforster on 8 September, 2018

On 29th September, the Mayoress and I will be sleeping out on the streets in Woking town centre as part of the York Road Project’s ‘Sleep Out’. With only a sleeping bag and some cardboard each, my partner Hannah and I will be bedding down in the open air without a comfy mattress, thick duvet […]

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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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In a keynote housing speech today, the Leader of the Lib Dems, Vince Cable, called for tough action to be taken against empty homes. Vince Cable and the Lib Dems want to increase Council Tax on empty homes from 200% to 500% and introduce a Stamp Duty surcharge for overseas residents. As a party, we […]

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Elected as Mayor of Woking

by willforster on 21 May, 2018

I was delighted and honoured to have been elected as Woking’s 45th Mayor during the Annual Meeting of Woking Borough Council on Thursday 17th May. As Mayor, I am the non-political head of Woking Council and the Borough as a whole.  Over the next year I will be attending as many ceremonial, civic and community […]

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