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.


  • Article: Nov 10, 2020

    "As we return to a national lockdown, we again stand together in our shared purpose of protecting and supporting our community during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

    "With cases continuing to rise, both locally and nationally, it is now more important than ever that we play our part in reducing the spread of the virus by following these new government restrictions to keep Woking safe.

    "It is vitally important that if you develop Covid-19 symptoms you must self-isolate and book yourself a test immediately.

    "Our commitment to our communities remains strong. Those in need will continue to receive the essential support they need. The most vulnerable and isolated within our communities will continue to receive regular welfare calls safeguarding their wellbeing. We continue to support local charities delivering food parcels to those families in need.

    "Any borough resident requiring support or advice should call Woking Borough Council call on 01483 755855.

    "We were all inspired by the incredible community spirit shown by residents and businesses during the previous lockdown. Staffed by an army of dedicated volunteers, local groups supported their communities by picking up shopping, collecting prescriptions or simply offering a listening ear. These groups are the essence of community spirit and we will be supporting them again.

    "We also understand the impact this second lockdown will have on local business. Many had overcome the challenges of adapting their businesses to our new normal and were getting back on their feet before these latest restrictions were introduced. Be assured, we are here for them again and will be administering the government support schemes.

    We recognise that our community, like the rest of the country, has already made many sacrifices to our cherished way of life. Yet we are in this together and we must do everything we can to look after each other.

    "By following government advice to socially distance and stay at home, we can all look forward to returning to a sense of normality as soon as possible.

    "For more information about council services, government and health advice, how to book a test, accessing help and support and assistance for businesses, please visit www.woking.gov.uk/coronavirus>"

    Cllr Ayesha Azad
    Leader of Woking Borough Council, Conservative Party

    Cllr Ann-Marie Barker
    Leader, Liberal Democrats

    Cllr Tahir Aziz
    Leader, Labour Party

    Cllr John Bond
    Leader, Independent Group

  • Article: Nov 6, 2020
    Will Forster and the Lib Dems have said that people in Woking "will not forget" the actions of Conservative MPs like Jonathan Lord who voted against providing safe and legal routes to sanctuary for vulnerable refugees.
    Earlier this week Tory MPs rejected amendments to the Immigration Bill, despite four people, including children, tragically losing their lives trying to cross the Channel last week.
    The Lib Dems who are also urging the public to back their petition, have committed to fight on. In addition to safe and legal routes to sanctuary for vulnerable refugees, the Party wants to maintain the rights for refugees in Europe to be reunited with their families and ensure that unaccompanied child refugees can be resettled in the UK.
    Lib Dem Spokesperson for Woking, Will Forster said:
    "With their inaction this Conservative Government is leaving people to die. Providing safe and legal routes for refugees is the right thing to do. Not just because these are vulnerable people who deserve our help, but because it is the best way to tackle criminal smugglers and stop people attempting dangerous Channel crossings."
    "How Woking's MP can look at themselves in the mirror knowing that they rejected proposals to ensure that unaccompanied child refugees can be resettled in the UK is beyond me. People will not forget."
    Lib Dem Home Affairs Spokesperson, Alistair Carmichael added:
    "Just last week yet more people tragically lost their lives trying to cross the Channel. It is utterly heartbreaking especially for the friends and families left behind."
    "It is hard to imagine how desperate people must be to climb into these boats in search of a better life. It is just not right that vulnerable people are left no choice but to make these perilous attempts."
  • Article: Nov 5, 2020

    The Lib Dems have warned Jonathan Lord should "hang his head in shame" for voting against measures to protect high environmental and animal welfare standards.

    Conservative MPs rejected amendments to the Agriculture Bill yesterday which would have forced the UK Government to ensure that British food and animal welfare standards are maintained in any trade deals.

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  • Article: Nov 4, 2020

    The Lib Dems and I have called on Woking's MP to back British farming and vote to protect our high environmental and animal welfare standards in Parliament today.

    I have written to Jonathan Lord warning the Government must not "risk farmers' livelihoods to win a favourable trade deal from Donald Trump."

  • Article: Nov 3, 2020
    By Cllr Will Forster

    The local Lib Dems have called on Woking's MP to this week vote in favour of safe and legal routes to sanctuary for vulnerable refugees.

    In a letter to Jonathan Lord, Lib Dem spokesperson for Woking, Will Forster argued that safe and legal routes are the best way to "combat people smuggling and human trafficking" and to prevent "dangerous attempts to cross the Channel."

  • Article: Nov 3, 2020
    By Cllr Will Forster

    Last month the Conservative Government voted against extending free school meals for children in need during the holidays including Woking's MP. This means that during October half term, the Christmas holidays and beyond, there will be many parents struggling to feed their children.

    Not only have the Conservative Government taken this action, which has shocked many, but they have also been condemned by many members of the public for their response to the criticism. Just one reaction was that of Paul Scully, who is a Conservative minister, was to say "Children have been going hungry for years".

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    Article: Oct 30, 2020

    Caring about our climate means: shunning single-use plastic, caring for local wildlife, gardening, walking and cycling. This week we hear from a local Lib Dem hero and Woking's equivalent of Sir David Attenborough who is doing all of these, and more! Tune in to hear Norman Johns provide environment inspiration with live local projects he's involved in.

  • Article: Oct 20, 2020
    By Cllr Will Forster

    The Lib Dems have warned that Jonathan Lord, Conservative MP for Woking, is risking a "new Windrush-style scandal" after he voted to refuse to offer EU citizens proof of their right to stay in the UK.

    On Monday 19th October, Tory MPs overturned a Lib Dem amendment to the Immigration Bill, which passed in the House of Lords just weeks ago. The amendment would require the Home Office to give EU nationals physical proof of Settled and Pre-Settled Status, rather than the digital-only system the Home Office is currently pursuing.

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    Article: Oct 16, 2020

    Is your neighbour's dog driving you barking mad? What about their trees invading your freshly-pruned garden? Dale Roberts, an established community mediator, shares his advice for preventing and resolving neighbourly disputes. We discuss how politicians should talk less and listen more to transform the effectiveness of government.

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