Lockdown advice and support

As we are in another national lockdown, the Lib Dems want to make sure people in Woking are aware of where to get the latest advice and support.

You can access the latest Government guidance here.

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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 this by working together as a community.

If you, or somebody you know, needs help at this time please contact Surrey County Council's Community Helpline on 0300 200 1008.

Many of the County Council's services are closed, but some including Community Recycling Centres are still open. Information on how the Council's services are being affected by coronavirus can be viewed here.

https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/emergency-planning-and-community-safety/coronavirus/council-services

Woking Borough Council also has a useful section of their website which covers all the key covid information and how their services are affected here.

The local Lib Dems are here to help if you need us and, in the meantime, stay safe.


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  • Paul Kennedy
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  • Podcast screenshot
    Article: Dec 22, 2020

    Jobs for Tory pals and weak management of Woking Borough Council officers by the Conservative leadership. 

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