Will Forster

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

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The Lib Dems and I have called for a thorough review of fire safety in Surrey following the Grenfell Tower tragedy in North Kensington. At least 80 people were killed in the blaze, with an unknown number of people still missing and unaccounted for.  The Surrey Fire and Rescue Service attended the incident to provide assistance […]

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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 have launched our manifesto plans yesterday for a brighter future, with pledges to reverse Conservative cuts and increase funding for the NHS, schools and police. The Party’s landmark policy would give the people the final say on the Brexit deal which would include the option to remain in the EU. The Lib Dems […]

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1,860 3-4 year-olds in Surrey would benefit from Lib Dem plans to triple funding for the early years pupil premium, with gives extra cash to nurseries, preschools and school receptions when they take on children from disadvantaged backgrounds. The cash would triple the funding to £1,000 per pupil per year – up from £302 in […]

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Lib Dems commit to ending rough sleeping in Woking

by willforster on 27 April, 2017

The Lib Dems have become the first major party to commit to ending the ‘national scandal’ of rough sleeping across Britain, including in Woking. The latest figures show there were at least 12 people regularly sleeping rough in Woking in 2016, up from 2 only a few years ago.  Meanwhile new research has revealed that 19 homes in the possession […]

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Lib Dems welcome Government’s Rough Sleeping Grant

by willforster on 14 January, 2017

The local Lib Dems and I have welcomed the announcement by the Government that part of a £20 million Rough Sleeping Fund will go to help rough sleepers in Woking. The fund will help new rough sleepers, or people at imminent risk of sleeping rough, to get the rapid support they need to recover and […]

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During yesterday’s Surrey County Council meeting, Lib Dem Councillors have achieved a significant victory after the Conservative-run administration finally agreed to invest in key worker housing for staff. The proposals will see the County Council investing in housing for staff in key roles such as social workers, highways engineers and those who work with children – this follow […]

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Council must act on key worker housing

by willforster on 5 December, 2016

During tomorrow’s Full Council meeting, my Lib Dem colleagues and I will call on Surrey County Council to urgently address the lack of key worker housing available to its staff, which could save it millions of pounds each year. In 2015/16, the County Council spent £14.9 million on agency staff and have so far spent £7.4 million in […]

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The Autumn Statement

by willforster on 29 November, 2016

From a local perspective, I think last week’s Autumn Statement was a mixture of the good, the bad and the downright ugly. The good was definitely the Government’s decision to ban letting agent fees – which will save hard pushed private renters money.  Private renters not only pay huge amounts of money in rent per […]

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‘Pay to Stay’ housing scheme dropped

by willforster on 22 November, 2016

I was relieved to see that the Government has decided that the ‘Pay to Stay’ scheme for Council housing tenants earning over a certain income will now be voluntary, not compulsory. The Housing and Planning Act, currently working its way through Parliament, was going to require local authorities to charge tenants with a household income […]

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