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  • Woking Lib Dem campaigner Chris Took with Pensions Minister Steve Webb MP at the Eastern and Oriental in Woking
    Article: Dec 18, 2014
    By Chris Took

    A crucial lifeline has been thrown to post offices in Woking thanks to a major Government contract.

    The deal, unveiled by Liberal Democrat pensions minister Steve Webb, offers support to disabled people and the elderly while also helping to protect the future of the post office network.

    It guarantees until 2022 the future of the Post Office Card Account system, which ensures people without a bank account can receive benefits and tax credits.

  • Keep Me Posted Campaign
    Article: Dec 10, 2014
    By Chris Took
    • Chris Took gives support to Keep Me Posted campaign and pledges to fight for consumer rights if elected

    Keep Me Posted has been pressing for the consumer's right to choose how organisations, such as banks, energy and telecoms companies sendcustomers their bills and statements, whether online or on paper. The call comes in the face of an increasing trend for businesses to switch their customers to mainly digital communication, which isn't always preferable or suitable for a large proportion of UK consumers.

  • Budget box
    Article: Dec 7, 2014
    By Chris Took

    Homebuyers in Woking will pay £3178 less in Stamp Duty under new Coalition reforms; research by the Liberal Democrats has shown.

    The new system - announced at the Autumn Statement - is based on a long-standing Liberal Democrat policy and will significantly reduce the cost of moving house.

    People buying homes worth less than £935,000 will now pay less Stamp Duty than they did before, while those buying the most expensive properties will pay more.

  • Cllr Anne Roberts and Byfleet campaigner Andy Grimshaw
    Article: Nov 27, 2014

    The local Lib Dems in Byfleet have launched a campaign to protect the Green Belt from large scale housing developments in Byfleet and West Byfleet.

    Conservative-run Woking Borough Council recently announced the results of its Green Belt Boundary Review, which recommended building around 500 homes in the Borough's Green Belt and is targeting areas in Brookwood, Byfleet, Hook Heath, Mayford, Pyrford and West Byfleet.

  • Arthritis Research UK
    Article: Nov 24, 2014

    Chris Took has today agreed to become an 'Arthritis Champion', supporting Arthritis Research UK in their efforts to find a cure for arthritis while calling for policy change to prevent its onset and transform the lives of people that have musculoskeletal conditions.

    Musculoskeletal conditions include osteoarthritis, back pain and osteoporosis. People with these conditions often experience a great deal of pain and a loss of mobility. Over 10 million people in the UK have a musculoskeletal condition.

  • Pupil Premium
    Article: Nov 11, 2014

    Disadvantaged primary school pupils in Surrey are set to receive a £240,000 grant to boost attainment, the Liberal Democrats have announced.

    The pupil premium funding for 2015/16 will help teachers support those children at most risk of falling behind their colleagues.

    It means primary schools will receive £1,320 for every pupil who has registered for free school meals at any time in the last six years.

  • Chris Took joining the Men United Team
    Article: Oct 24, 2014
    By Chris Took

    Chris Took, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Woking has pledged to help eradicate the inequalities men with prostate cancer face after speaking with campaigners at the Liberal Democrat Party conference in Glasgow last month.

    Despite being the most common cancer in men, those affected by or at risk of prostate cancer continue to face a number of injustices, particularly when it comes to access to the best treatments and aftercare support for their condition.

  • Article: Sep 26, 2014
    Liberal Democrat Colin Cross stormed to victory in Thursday's by-election for Lovelace ward that includes Ripley, Wisley and Ockham.
    Lovelace is usually one of the safest Conservative wards in Guildford Borough Council, it had not been held by a Lib Dem Councillor since the re-organisation of Guildford Borough in 1974.
  • Article: Sep 20, 2014
    Woking Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson, Chris Took has called the positive labour market figures published on 17th September "no accident" and said Liberal Democrats in the Coalition Government were delivering the recovery fairly.
    Official figures show the number of people claiming Job Seeker's Allowance in Woking fell in the three months to the end of July. While total UK unemployment fell 146,000 to 2.02 million with the unemployment rate falling to 6.2% - its lowest since the last full quarter in 2008.
  • Article: Sep 7, 2014
    More than 37,500 children in Surrey and 1.5 million infants across the country are now benefiting from a free school meal.
    Every child in reception, year 1 and year 2 in state-funded schools are now able to sit down to a free school lunch, saving parents who currently pay for a school lunch over £400 a year per child.