Will Forster

Lib Dem Councillor for South Woking and Leader of the Lib Dems on Surrey County Council Learn more

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MP for Woking breaks promise over unfair tax hike

by willforster on 9 September, 2021

The local Lib Dems have slammed local Conservative MP Jonathan Lord’s choice to break their promise to the electorate and vote for a 1.25% rise in National Insurance. The changes, which go against the Tories’ manifesto promise not to raise taxes, will mean hard-pressed local families and small businesses will be left paying hundreds of […]

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Lib Dems criticise County Deal for Surrey bid

by willforster on 6 September, 2021

The Lib Dems and I have criticised the Conservative Leader of Surrey County Council for unilaterally writing to the Government asking for a County Deal for Surrey. In a letter dated 10th August, Councillor Tim Oliver who to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary, Robert Jenrick, formally registering Surrey County Council’s interest in more […]

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As many as 13% of hard-pressed families across Woking face being left worse off when the Government end the uplift to Universal Credit next month. New data from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation exposes the true nature of how badly some areas will be hit by the £20 Universal Credit cut, which is opposed by the Lib Dems and […]

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Consultation on Sutton Green Golf Club plans

by willforster on 1 September, 2021

There will be a public consultation on Thursday 16th September between 4 pm and 7 pm about proposals to build on Sutton Green Golf Club. Earlier this summer, it was announced that the golf club had entered into an agreement with the property developer Quinn Estates to build a 15-acre retirement village and 2-acre care […]

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My Lib Dems colleagues and I have challenged Surrey County Council over failures to answer data protection and freedom of information requests from local residents within legal time limits. During the last Cabinet meeting, I asked how many enquiries were not responded to in the required time. Under the General Data Protection Regulation, public sector […]

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Afghan refugees are welcome in Woking and Surrey

by willforster on 25 August, 2021

The Lib Dems and I are calling on the Government to make a more ambitious commitment to resettle refugees fleeing the Taliban, and to give local authorities – like Surrey County Council and Woking Borough Council – extra funding to house and support them here. The Lib Dems have slammed the Government’s commitment to resettle […]

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White Rose Lane to be resurfaced

by willforster on 23 August, 2021

Surrey County Council will be resurfacing White Rose Lane between Tuesday 31st August and Friday 24th September. These roadworks will cause significant disruption, but as much of White Rose Lane is in a bad way – especially the area outside the entrance to Woking Park – it does need doing. Between 31st August and 20th […]

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My Lib Dem colleagues and I have succeeded in securing agreement for a full review of Woking Borough Council’s finances. Councillors gave unanimous support for a review to look at all aspects of Woking’s finances at the last Council meeting before the August break. The Lib Dems made a commitment to a full financial review […]

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The Good Law Project is taking legal action against Surrey County Council for sending children in care outside of Surrey. This news comes as no surprise to my Lib Dem colleagues and I – we have regularly challenged the Council on its delivery of services to vulnerable children over many years, that it is now […]

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The Lib Dems have secured support for measures that will result in all care leavers in Surrey being exempt from paying Council Tax from next April. In 2018, the Lib Dems and I won unanimous backing at Surrey County Council for a motion to exempt care leavers from paying tax until they are 25.  Ten of […]

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