Will Forster

Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for Woking, Opposition Leader on Woking Borough Council and Councillor for South Woking Learn more

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Surrey County Council has introduced new rules to prevent County Councillors from funding street lighting, grit bins and highway schemes from their own local allocation budgets. The rules, which were introduced by the Conservative-administration at the Annual General Meeting of the County Council held on Tuesday 23rd May, prompted one Tory Councillor to speak out against […]

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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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My Lib Dem colleagues at County Hall and I have welcomed the news that the Conservative administration on Surrey County Council has finally agreed to scrap the 4 Cabinet Associate posts which have so far cost the taxpayer nearly two hundred thousand pounds since they were introduced. The Lib Dems have consistently called for these posts […]

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The Lib Dems have announced we would plug funding gaps for the NHS and social care by putting a penny on income tax, in our first major manifesto commitment of the General Election campaign. The tax would raise an additional £124.7 million for Surrey, with £76 million for the NHS and £48.7 million for social care […]

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The Lib Dems will announce today that we will invest £38,135,022 more in schools and colleges across the Surrey County Council area over the next Parliament. This funding for Surrey would reverse cuts to frontline school and college budgets, protect per pupil funding in real terms and ensure no school loses out from changes to funding arrangements. £1,247,513 […]

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Re-elected – Thank You!

by willforster on 7 May, 2017

I was delighted to have been re-elected as South Woking’s County Councillor on 4th May – I want to say a big thank you to all the voters of South Woking for continuing to place their faith in me and sending me back to County Hall with an increased majority. I received 2271 votes (54%) […]

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The Lib Dems in Woking have seen a surge in new members over the past two weeks, with membership up 18% since the General Election was called. Nationally, the Lib Dems have the highest membership ever, with over 101,768 members.  It is reported the Conservatives have only 130,000 members – so we are well on the […]

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I am completely dismayed at the news that Sajid Javid, the Conservative Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has delayed the pilot scheme that would have allowed Surrey County Council to retain 100% of its business rates next year. The Government had previously agreed to allow Surrey County Council to apply to become a […]

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Surrey County Council axes unpopular magazine

by willforster on 19 April, 2017

I am pleased to see that at long last, the Conservatives running Surrey County Council have seen sense and decided to cease the publication of its unpopular ‘Surrey Matters’ magazine. The magazine, which has cost Council Tax payers over £1.2 million since 2011, was axed following a meeting of the County Council’s Cabinet.  The last […]

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When will the Tory Tip Tax be scrapped?

by willforster on 15 April, 2017

My Lib Dem colleagues and I have written to the Conservative Cabinet Member for the Environment at County Hall asking him to name the date that the controversial ‘Tory Tip Tax’ will be scrapped. Following guidance issued by the Government earlier this week, we are asking when Surrey County Council will finally bow to public pressure […]

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