Will Forster

Lib Dem Spokesperson for Woking and Councillor for South Woking Learn more

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The York Road Project and I have written to the Government calling for those working with homeless people to be treated as a priority group in the coronavirus vaccination programme. Several years ago when I served as Mayor of Woking, I chose the York Road Project, as my mayoral charity.  The invaluable work they do […]

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The Lib Dems are calling on the Government to raise Carer’s Allowance by £1,000 a year, to help support 1,250 unpaid carers in Woking during the pandemic. The party’s leader, Ed Davey, who has promised to be the voice of the 9 million carers in our country, has written to the Prime Minister urging him […]

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Independent review slams Woking Borough Council

by willforster on 18 January, 2021

Earlier this month, Woking Borough Council agreed to implement all the recommendations of an independent review into the decisions and Council processes behind the Woking Football Club development. This review heavily criticised the way the Conservative-run Council is managed and made more than 20 recommendations for improvement. The independent review confirms the serious issues raised […]

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The Lib Dems have called for teachers to be vaccinated against covid after the Government admitted schools were the epicentre of high community transmission. My colleague Daisy Cooper, who is the Lib Dem Spokesperson for Education and MP for St Albans, has written a letter to Ministers Gavin Williamson and Matt Hancock to ask them […]

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5.54% Council Tax increase proposed for Surrey Police

by willforster on 15 January, 2021

My Lib Dem colleagues and I are urging residents to respond to the latest proposal by the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner for a 5.54% increase in the police element of Council Tax. The proposal corresponds to an annual increase of £10 for Band A households, £15 for Band D, and £30 for Band H […]

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Lockdown advice and support

by willforster on 14 January, 2021

As we are in another national lockdown, I want to make sure local people in Woking are aware of where to get the latest advice and support. This virus sadly is not just going to go away quickly despite the hope a vaccine has brought us. As difficult as it is, we will get through […]

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Merry Christmas

by willforster on 23 December, 2020

As Christmas approaches and 2020 draws to a close, I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and all the very best for the New Year. There is no doubt that this year has been a difficult one for all of us.  The challenges of separation from loved ones, loneliness and financial uncertainty have conspired to […]

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The Lib Dems and I have condemned the Chancellor for failing to introduce a comprehensive plan to save jobs after it was revealed that almost 3,000 people in Woking are currently on Universal Credit. As a party, we have criticised Rishi Sunak’s constant chop-and-change approach, urging him to put in place a proper plan to […]

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The Conservatives running Surrey County Council have launched a consultation on plans to cut school funding for pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN). They plan to abolish the “additional SEN funding” which goes to 67 primary and 2 secondary schools in Surrey.  Beaufort, Goldsworth, St Hugh of Lincoln, West Byfleet Infant and West Byfleet Junior Schools […]

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Earlier today, the Conservative majority on Surrey County Council used their own amendment to vote down a Lib Dem motion that would have tackled child food poverty. If approved, the original proposal by my Lib Dem colleagues and I would have committed the Council to taking the small, albeit valuable steps of ensuring the availability […]

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