Will Forster

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

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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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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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Surrey County Council was recently criticised by OFSTED for Surrey’s Children’s Services – these criticisms were very serious, and 3 years after the County Council’s Children’s Services were inspected by OFSTED and subsequently rated as “inadequate”. There is a long list of failings that have been identified – the poor quality of social work, weaknesses in […]

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Surrey County Council has been ordered to pay £18,400 in compensation to the family of a severely autistic child after a highly critical report from the Local Government Ombudsman. The report criticised all aspects of the County Council’s handling of the case, which concluded that there was fault by the Council and that an injustice […]

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Ofsted inspects Surrey’s children’s services

by willforster on 5 September, 2017

Ofsted has today published a letter summarising the findings of the recent monitoring visit to Surrey County Council’s children’s services – this is the eighth monitoring visit since the County Council was inspected in 2014 and found to be inadequate in Ofsted report published in 2015. In the latest monitoring visit, Ofsted inspectors noted recent […]

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Lib Dem Councillors have criticised the Conservatives running Surrey County Council for recruiting a £55,000 ‘Head of Strategy’ post when at the same time planning staff redundancies and cutting services by millions of pounds. The job advert, which has been posted extensively online and in the national press, seeks to recruit a ‘highly politically astute’ […]

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My Lib Dem colleagues and I have expressed concern after it was revealed that 6 care homes in Surrey are rated as ‘Unsafe’ by the Care Quality Commission and have contracts with Surrey County Council. The County Council recently stated that it does not send new residents to care homes that have received the poor rating, […]

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