Coronavirus Information

It is likely to be a tough time for all of us over the next few weeks and months as the coronavirus crisis continues.

It is vital we all take Coronavirus seriously and follow the advice being given. Your Woking Lib Dem team want to make sure everyone here is able to access the most up to date advice and support.

UK Government guidance states we should all, unless we are keyworkers, be staying at home. We can still leave home to buy essential food and medicines and for one form of exercise a day, but maintain social distance from others when we do. Those self-isolating or part of a vulnerable group should stay at home.

The NHS and the Government is regularly updating their advice here: www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Surrey County Council's libraries and other public facing non-essential services have closed, bus services are running on a reduced timetable and local schools are only open for key workers.

Surrey County Council has launched a dedicated helpline number: 0300 200 1008. This community phone line is to help direct residents who need support such as picking up shopping, prescriptions or having someone who can be a telephone friend, to those services who can provide them.

Please see the latest updates from Surrey County Council here: www.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/emergency-planning-and-community-safety/coronavirus/council-services.

Woking Borough Council has closed its Community Centres, HG Wells, leisure facilities and playgrounds. See the latest information on Woking Borough Council's services here: www.woking.gov.uk/coronavirus-service-updates.

We know our community is at its best when we pull together and I know we want to support each other as best we can right now. Volunteer groups are being set up to support the most vulnerable. If you are able to help out, you can find your nearest group by visiting this website: www.covidmutualaid.org/local-groups/.

Lib Dem Councillor Will Forster said:

"Many people will be anxious about the steps the Government has taken ordering an effective lockdown of the country, but it is the right decision to restrict our normal way of life to tackle this crisis."

"We must do all we can to stop the spread of Coronavirus and I urge people to play their part by following the guidelines, and not risk their own or others' health and wellbeing by ignoring guidelines - please stay safe."


  • Article: May 25, 2020

    Will Forster and the Lib Dems have written to Woking's MP Jonathan Lord, urging him to "end the distractions" and support calls for scandal-hit Dominic Cummings to go so the country can focus on the coronavirus emergency.

    In the letter, Lib Dem spokesperson Woking Councillor Will Forster, urges all Conservative MPs to "put the interests of your constituents first, end the distractions and join the growing number of Tory MPs who are calling for Dominic Cummings to go."

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    Survey: May 22, 2020
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    The Government has announced that primary schools could re-open to pupils from Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 as soon as June 1st.

    We want to get Woking's young people back to school as soon as it is safe to do so.

    But as things stand, many people are worried about sending Reception and Year 1 children back on June 1st.

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    Article: May 20, 2020
    By Cllr Will Forster

    The Lib Dems are calling for EU citizens to be given the automatic right to stay in the UK as new official figures show 3,700 EU nationals living in Woking have not been granted permanent Settled Status to remain in the UK.

    Pointing to the contribution of EU citizens working in the NHS during the Covid-19 crisis, Lib Dem Home Affairs Spokesperson Christine Jardine urged the Government to "show its own support for the people's heroes by extending the right to remain to all EU and foreign nationals, many of whom are fighting for our lives."

  • Article: May 20, 2020
    By Cllr Will Forster

    The Lib Dems are urging the Government to extend income support for self-employed workers as official statistics have revealed the number of people claiming unemployment benefit in Woking increased by 795 between March 2020 and April 2020.

    Acting leader of the Lib Dems Ed Davey MP, who is asking the public to join his campaign to protect workers, warned "thousands of families face financial hardship" and called for the Government to do more.

  • Will Forster supporting NHS hospital in Woking
    Article: May 18, 2020

    The Lib Dems are calling on the Government to ramp up mental health support for health and care staff in Woking to ensure "world-class" support for those tackling the virus head on.

    Highlighting the "deep scar" coronavirus will leave on health and care staff in Woking, the local Lib Dems have put forward a package of mental health measures, including:

  • Article: May 12, 2020
    By Cllr Will Forster

    The Lib Dems are urging the Government to extend income support for self-employed workers after they declared victory in convincing the Government to extend furlough payments for employers, preventing redundancies.

    Acting Leader of the Lib Dems, Ed Davey MP, who is asking the public to join his campaign to protect workers warned "taxi drivers, hairdressers, cleaners, childcare providers and millions of other self-employed people are still not getting the help they need."

  • Article: May 6, 2020

    The Lib Dems have launched a campaign to protect furloughed workers and their families with proposals to continue furlough payments when lockdown measures are eased, preventing redundancies.

    Acting Leader of the Lib Dems, Ed Davey, who is asking the public to join his campaign to protect furloughed workers, said his party's plans would give people "that time and that confidence and help avoid further large-scale job losses."

  • Article: May 6, 2020
    By Cllr Will Forster

    Following a request from the Lib Dems, Surrey County Council will start a phased reopening of its Community Recycling Centres on 11th May.

    With fly tipping increasingly becoming an issue across Surrey, last month Lib Dem Councillors asked the Council to reopen local tips. This was supported by latest Government advice which said that Household Waste Recycling Centres can be open provided appropriate social distancing measures are in place.

  • Article: Apr 24, 2020
    By Cllr Will Forster

    Surrey County Council has cancelled plans to move its headquarters from Kingston-Upon-Thames to Woking due the coronavirus pandemic.

    As a result of the current Covid-19 situation the current tenants of Midas House cannot move out and the Council cannot get access to all of the building to make it suitable for its use.

  • Article: Apr 24, 2020
    By Cllr Will Forster

    With Muslims observing the beginning of the Islamic month of Ramadan this week, senior Liberal Democrats and members will be joining them by fasting in the party's first #LibDemIftar.

    MPs Ed Davey, Layla Moran and Lib Dem Mayoral candidate Siobhan Benita will join members in taking part in the fast on Saturday the 25th of April. It is the first time a political party and their leader has encouraged a joint fast or Iftar.

    Those taking part will also be taking this opportunity to raise money for a charity of their choosing, including many charities that tackle hunger in the UK.

    Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Ed Davey, said:

    "I want to send my best wishes to Muslims across Britain and the world in this holy month of Ramadan.

    "With mosques remaining closed and with people unable to come together to worship, this holy month will be particularly difficult.

    "Liberal Democrats are determined to stand in solidarity with Britain's Muslim communities and believe that together we can defeat this awful virus.

    "I am pleased that my Liberal Democrat colleague, Cllr Hina Bokhari, is organising the first ever Iftar for Liberal Democrats, across our country so we can fast together."

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