• Road ahead closed sign (Call Me Fred on unsplash.com)
    Article: Sep 30, 2021

    The Lib Dems have questioned Surrey County Council's process of selecting a new highways maintenance contractor which has resulted in the three final bids coming from companies all with a history of failing Surrey residents.

    The Council's Cabinet met yesterday and agreed to award the contract to either Amey, Kier or Ringway. Initially the contract will be for 10 years, but a possible extension could take it to 21 years with a total value of about £2.5bn.

  • Kids - catchup swings
    Article: Sep 27, 2021

    Parents of almost 150,000 children in Surrey would receive vouchers worth £200 a year to spend on catch-up classes and educational activities, under plans announced by the Lib Dems.

    The policy would empower parents to help their children catch up after months of school closures and disruption during the pandemic. The vouchers could be spent on a range of activities including tutoring in reading, writing and maths, music lessons, swimming classes or other physical education.

  • Woking - triple lock broken promise
    Article: Sep 21, 2021

    The Lib Dems have published figures showing that 16,872 of State Pensioners in Woking are set to be impacted by the Government breaking its manifesto promise and suspending the triple lock on pensions.

    The state pension triple lock is a rule that means the state pension must rise each year in line with the highest of three possible figures, inflation, average earnings or 2.5%.

  • Woking Council green bin overflowing - collect our bins!
    Petition: Sep 10, 2021

    Joint Waste Solutions are to suspend Green Waste collections in Woking for an indeterminate time, likely into 2022. Previously the hold on collections was due to end on 10th September, leading many residents to fill up their green waste bins in anticipation service resuming.

    These residents are now left with overflowing bins of rotted garden waste at a busy time in the garden, through no fault of their own. As a very minimum a final green waste collection should be put in place to clear these bins.

  • Woking's MP and 317 other MPs broke a manifesto commitment.
    Article: Sep 9, 2021

    The local Lib Dems have slammed local Conservative MP Jonathan Lord's choice to break their promise to the electorate and vote for a 1.25% rise in National Insurance.

    The changes, which go against the Tories' manifesto promise not to raise taxes, will mean hard-pressed local families and small businesses will be left paying hundreds of pounds more in tax each year.

  • Green Waste
    Article: Sep 8, 2021

    Local Liberal Democrats have been shocked to learn that Woking's garden waste will not be collected until 2022.

    The service has been suspended several times over the summer, with the latest hold on collections due to end on 10 September. Currently, garden waste bins are not being emptied and bulky waste collections are not available.

    Conservative Cllr Kevin Davis, wrote to councillors on 8 September announcing the suspension of the service for an indeterminate time, likely to run into 2022. He advised that garden waste subscribers would be informed by letter and that they have the option to cancel and receive a pro-rate refund. Subscribers will be compensated for missed collections but how that will be done is not yet known. Amey, who provide the service to Woking and other Surrey boroughs, are taking some action to resolve the crisis and are training 9 new drivers, but this process will take time.

    "Residents have overflowing bins, or extra bags of green waste at a busy time in the garden. They can take their green waste to the Community Recycling Centre, but this is at an extra cost for those whose vehicle is a van, unavailable to those without a vehicle and may be challenging for older residents or those with a disability," said Liberal Democrat Leader Cllr Ann-Marie Barker "I have heard reports of green waste dumped on local commons and open spaces".

    "We have had no update on the bulky waste collection service offered by the Council. With that service unavailable I am concerned we may suffer even more fly-tipping locally" continued Cllr Barker.

    Cllr Barker has asked the Council:

    - For an update on the suspension of bulky waste collection services - to be told SERCO are doing a good job of collecting fly tipping

    - To ask Surrey County Council to a) offer assistance for older residents or those with mobility issues at Martyrs Lane and other recycling centres.b) relax rules on vans at recycling centres, for those bringing garden waste.

    - To provide information on reimbursement for missed collections promptly.

    "We all know a number of factors have caused this crisis," said Cllr Barker. "With the pingdemic over and the summer holiday period ended, the lack of drivers is clearly impacted by a backlog of HGV tests due to Covid; but it is likely those shortages could have been managed if we hadn't lost so many European drivers who were driven home by Brexit."

  • Woking Universal Credit Cut - SQ
    Article: Sep 4, 2021

    As many as 13% of hard-pressed families across Woking face being left worse off when the Government end the uplift to Universal Credit next month.

    New data from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation exposes the true nature of how badly some areas will be hit by the £20 Universal Credit cut which is opposed by Will Forster and the local Lib Dems.

  • Will Forster outside SCC Quadrant Ct
    Article: Aug 31, 2021

    The Lib Dems have criticised the Conservative Leader of Surrey County Council for unilaterally writing to the Government asking for a County Deal for Surrey.

    On 10th August, Councillor Tim Oliver wrote to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary, Robert Jenrick, formally registering Surrey County Council's interest in more powers from Central Government as part of a County Deal for Surrey.

  • Will Forster
    Article: Aug 31, 2021

    The Lib Dems have challenged Surrey County Council over failures to answer data protection and freedom of information requests from local residents within legal time limits.

    During the last Cabinet meeting, Lib Dem Group Leader Will Forster asked how many enquiries were not responded to in the required time.

  • Article: Aug 24, 2021

    Woking Lib Dems are calling on the Government to make a more ambitious commitment to resettle refugees fleeing the Taliban, and to give Woking Borough Council extra funding to house and support them here.

    The Lib Dems have slammed the Government's commitment to resettle just 5,000 Afghan refugees across the UK over the next year, saying it "falls woefully short" of what is needed in response to the unfolding humanitarian crisis.

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