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."


  • Petition: Sep 1, 2020

    Woking currently has a borough council with 30 councillors representing our local communities and our priorities across our town. Our local government is dedicated to Woking itself, whilst Surrey County Council governs wider areas, such as roads and some schools. There are plans to absorb our Woking Borough Council (WBC) into a Surrey 'Unitary Authority'.

  • Ed Davey
    Article: Aug 28, 2020

    Woking Lib Dems have today welcomed the election of Ed Davey as the Leader of the Lib Dems and backed his plans for a National Listening Project.

    In his acceptance speech Ed Davey announced his plans to "get beyond Westminster" and speak to people across the country so they can tell us "what matters most to them."

  • Possible new ways of working in Woking
    Article: Aug 22, 2020

    The Lib Dems are urging the Government to continue to furlough support until it is safe and extend support to those who have so far been excluded by the Government.

    Acting leader of the Lib Dems Ed Davey MP, who is asking the public to join the Party's campaign to protect workers, warned that the Government must not "undo the work and threaten mass unemployment."

  • Will Forster Fast Train
    Article: Aug 21, 2020
    By Cllr Will Forster

    The Lib Dems and I are calling for the annual increase in rail fares to be cancelled, a move which would save commuters in Woking around £55 next year and stop the cost of a Woking to Waterloo season ticket reaching almost £3,500.

    The call follows the announcement of July's Retail Price Index - the figure normally used to calculate the increase in fares at the end of the year - showing inflation at 1.6%.

  • New ways of working in Woking (|Photography by Stephen Wilder)
    Article: Aug 12, 2020

    It's official. The UK is in the worst recession for decades. The words "2020 is a write-off for us" are echoed by many local businesses up and down the country.

    This week we talk to the President of Woking Chamber of Commerce and owner of Field's Car Centre in Horsell, Richard Field. He tells us how his team transformed the services they offered to ensure customers remain safe and on the road, expresses his thoughts on the future of business in Woking and where to get commercial advice and support.

  • Liberal lockdown podcast logo
    Article: Aug 8, 2020

    It's not just the nation's physical health that is being ruined by Covid-19. In our latest podcast Chief Executive of Woking Mind, Tony Bennett, reveals the impacts that the past few months have had, and will continue to have, on our mental health.

    In this podcast Tony also highlights how to recognise when you or those around you may need support and how to access local services. Remember - we're all in this together, in the same storm albeit in different boats.

  • Article: Aug 5, 2020

    Councillor Will Forster, the Lib Dem Spokesperson for Woking, has called on the local Conservative MP Jonathan Lord to "pledge to defend the rule of law against any attempts by Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings to undermine it."

    It follows the Tory Government's announcement of a so-called Independent Review of Administrative Law, with the aim of restricting the ability of individuals to seek judicial review of government actions.

  • Liberal lockdown podcast logo
    Article: Jul 29, 2020

    CEO of the York Road Project, Cath Stamper joins us to discuss homelessness in Woking, including the sudden change in the homeless demographic, establishing direct links with other groups to expand the support available and her positivity for the future with the country's first purpose-built homeless accommodation. You can find out more about the project and support it using the link below:

  • Liberal lockdown podcast logo
    Article: Jul 20, 2020

    In part one we find out how some local parents summoned their inner teacher after the country's schools were locked down. Our guests share their stories of veering off-syllabus with DIY science experiments and conference-call mishaps, to the vast differences in support provided by different schools. A huge thanks to Karen, Heidi, Jacqui, Amanda and Claire for sharing their home-schooling wins, a newfound appreciation for teachers and concerns for the future.

  • Article: Jul 13, 2020
    By Cllr Ann-Marie Barker

    Local Councils that provide all services make sense, but not a super state

    Speaking following the announcement that the County Council wants to become the sole authority for all of Surrey Cllr Ann-Marie Barker said:

    "Not since HG Wells penned his tale of Martian invasion have Surrey towns been under such threat from a single body seeking to create a super state."

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