Will Forster

Campaigning to be the Lib Dem MP for Woking, Deputy Leader of Woking Borough Council and Councillor in South Woking Learn more

The latest poll from YouGov has predicted that Liberal Democrats are on course to win in Woking at the next election. The MRP poll by YouGov, and reported by The Times, predicts that the Conservatives would lose the seat to the Lib Dems if an election were held today. It follows on from four historic […]

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Tonight, the Liberal Democrats running Woking Borough Council will agree to exercise the Council’s right to acquire Moyallen’s shares in Victoria Square Woking Limited, securing 100 per cent control of the company that owns Victoria Place – the Borough’s main town centre development. A Shareholders’ Agreement provides the Council with the option to acquire all […]

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At yesterday’s Surrey County Council, I used my speech seconding an opposition motion to call for a complete overhaul of how local government is funded. I urged County Councillors of all parties to vote in favour of the motion that recognised the current funding model was broken and called on the Council to agree to […]

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Woking Borough Council has set out the positive steps it has taken on its journey towards financial sustainability and delivering best value for residents. Following Government intervention last May, the Council has made good progress against its Improvement and Recovery Plan, detailed in the 6 to 9 month progress report that was published last week. […]

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More than 12,000 Woking pensioners are set to be hit with a £12,029,247 stealth tax following the Budget, new analysis by the Liberal Democrats has revealed. Research by the Resolution Foundation think tank has found pensioners are set to lose out from this week’s Budget.  This is due to the Conservative Government’s decision to freeze […]

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The Liberal Democrats and I have labelled the Chancellor’s budget announcement today a desperate deception, with income tax bills still set to rise for local people. The Lib Dems have said that local residents will see through this deception by the Chancellor and that people don’t want more empty promises from this Conservative Government whilst […]

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Surrey saw a 33% rise in ‘four week waits’ for GP appointments last year when compared to 2022, House of Commons Library research commissioned by the Liberal Democrats has revealed. The NHS data measures the time between when the appointment was booked and when it took place. It showed that the number of appointments that […]

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Woking Borough Council’s budget for 2024/25 was approved by elected members during last night’s Extraordinary Full Council meeting. Approval of the budget was possible following the offer and acceptance of a Government support package and £8.4 million worth of service reductions and savings. The package of support will enable the Council’s debt repayment provision, known […]

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Hold them to account petition submitted

by willforster on 29 February, 2024

Last week, I presented my petition signed by 1970 local people to the Government calling on those responsible for effectively bankrupting Woking Borough Council to be held to account. Following the Lib Dems taking control of Woking Council, they set by an independent review into the actions and decisions of the former administration that let […]

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Figures reveal GP funding slashed in Woking since 2019

by willforster on 21 February, 2024

Funding for GP services in Surrey Heartlands has been slashed by £9,179,481 in real terms since 2019, research commissioned by the Liberal Democrats has revealed. The House of Commons Library analysis looks at funding for General Practices over the past four years once inflation is taken into account. It shows that funding per patient across […]

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