• 6. Environment
    Article: Dec 10, 2019
    By Cllr Will Forster

    Lib Dems on Woking Council last week secured agreement to look at incentives for those driving the most environment friendly vehicles.

    "With new flexible pricing systems coming to town centre car parks it is an ideal opportunity to encourage use of less polluting vehicles" said Lib Dem Leader Ann-Marie Barker.

  • Will Forster GE 2019
    Article: Dec 10, 2019
    By Cllr Will Forster

    Lib Dems Stop Conservative Council loaning £21 million to a private school

    Liberal Democrats on Woking Council have succeeded in halting Conservative proposals to bankroll a private school.

    Woking's Conservative Executive recommended to all councillors that a £21 million loan be given to Greenfield School. The school, which recently moved from Brooklyn Road to the old International School site on Old Woking Road, was seeking a loan to expand and add extra classrooms, arts, music and sports facilities.

  • Will Forster GE 2019
    Article: Dec 8, 2019
    By Cllr Will Forster

    The Lib Dem Candidate for Woking, Will Forster, has today challenged the local Conservative candidate to rule out a No-Deal Brexit in December 2020.

    The challenge, just a few days before polling day, follows Boris Johnson refusing to rule out a No-Deal exit from the EU.

    Under the Tory Party's plan, the UK will have until December 2020 to deliver the second phase of negotiating a Free Trade Agreement with the EU. However, the plans also say Boris Johnson will not seek any extension despite overwhelming evidence showing that the time-frame is near impossible.

  • work computer business
    Article: Dec 7, 2019
    By Cllr Will Forster

    The Lib Dems have accused the Conservatives of failing to protect local small businesses, after figures revealed that 1,860 businesses in Woking have closed over the last three years.

    The Lib Dems today unveiled a series of measures to reverse this decline and boost local firms, to mark Small Business Saturday. Recent figures show that 1,860 have closed in Woking Borough between 2016 and 2018, a 22% increase in closures compared to the previous three years. Across the UK one million businesses have closed their doors between 2016 and 2018, an increase of almost a third compared to 2013- 2015.

  • Police officer
    Article: Dec 6, 2019
    By Cllr Will Forster

    The Lib Dems have announced plans to fund at least 24 police officers across Woking Constituency as part of an extra £1 billion nationwide investment into community policing.

    This commitment amounts to 20,000 more police officers across England and Wales, enough for an extra two officers per Woking ward. The Lib Dems will also fund an immediate 2% pay-rise for serving police officers.

  • doctor, surgeon, hospital, ward, surgery, operation
    Article: Dec 5, 2019
    By Cllr Will Forster

    NHS staff shortages worsen under Tories

    The latest figures on NHS vacancies reveal that there was 6,180 vacancies for nurses in the NHS in the South East in July to September 2019. This means that over 13% of posts were unfilled, showing the NHS staff shortage crisis continues to get worse.

    The Conservatives have presided over a staffing crisis in our health service, failing to adequately ensure the NHS has the workforce it needs to care for our loved ones.

  • Woking Train Station
    Article: Dec 2, 2019
    By Cllr Will Forster

    Lib Dems: 2.7% rail fare rise is a "kick in the teeth" for commuters in Woking

    The Liberal Democrats have said the news that rail fares will rise by 2.7% in 2020 is a "kick in the teeth" for rail passengers in Woking. The increase will leave commuters in Woking paying almost £100 more for an annual season ticket to London.

    Under Liberal Democrat plans, the 2.7% increase in 2020 would be cancelled and commuter rail fares would be frozen for the next five years. This would save season ticket holders from Woking to London almost £1,500 over the next five years.

    The Liberal Democrats would also overhaul ticketing by simplifying the system, creating season tickets for part-time commuters and introducing early-bird fares. The party would ensure that all rail franchises apply 'delay repay compensation' for delays of 15 minutes or more.

  • EU - Research and Education
    Article: Dec 2, 2019
    By Cllr Will Forster

    Lib Dems: 1,225 EU academics quit London and Surrey in three years in "Brexit brain drain"

    46 EU academics from the University of Surrey, and 1,179 from universities in London, have quit in the three years since the Brexit vote, research by the Lib Dems has revealed.

    23 academics from the EU left the University of Surrey in 2018/19 alone, the figures show.

  • Will Forster Fast Train
    Article: Nov 29, 2019
    By Cllr Will Forster

    Lib Dems will freeze rail fare increases in Woking saving commuters hundreds of pounds

    The Liberal Democrats have announced they will freeze rail fare increases for Woking commuters and season ticket holders for the next five years, while fixing the broken fares and ticketing system.

    A Liberal Democrat government would cancel the 2.8% RPI rail fare increase planned for December 2019 and freeze Woking commuter fares and season tickets for the entirety of the next five years.

  • NHS Generic Doctors discussing
    Article: Nov 27, 2019
    By Cllr Will Forster

    Figures reveal exodus of EU NHS staff in our local hospitals

    Brexit is making the staffing crisis at St Peter's and Royal Surrey NHS Trusts even worse, the Lib Dems have warned.

    Figures published by the Lib Dems reveal that 78 EU staff working at the Royal Surrey NHS Trust and 63 at Ashford and St Peter's Hospital have already left the health service, this year.

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