Woking and Surrey local news

  • 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.

  • Will Forster Fast Train
    Article: Nov 25, 2019

    Petition against December's Rail Strikes

    Following the news that there are 27 days of planned rail strikes in December, Will Forster and the Lib Dems have launched a petition against the strikes.


    Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for Woking, Will Forster, said: "Members of the RMT will walk out for 27 days throughout December, causing chaos to commuters, Businesses and to people traveling for Christmas."

  • Jo Swinson School visit
    Article: Nov 20, 2019
    By Cllr WIll Forster


    The Lib Dems have announced that they will spend £10 billion a year more on schools and hire 20,000 more teachers by the end of the next Parliament.

    Figures from the National Education Union show that next year (2020/21), schools in Woking will have seen their budgets cut by well over £2 million - £2,381,781 to be exact - in real terms since 2015, once increasing pupil numbers are taken into account.

  • Ali Avaei - local businessman
    Article: Nov 20, 2019
    By Cllr Will Forster

    The Lib Dems have announced plans to scrap business rates and replace them with a landowner levy, to "breathe new life" into high streets across Woking.


    The party would replace business rates with a commercial landowner levy, based on the value of the land only. This would take the cost off businesses and help support high streets.

  • Lib Dems - Time to end the housing crisis
    Article: Nov 18, 2019
    By Cllr Will Forster

    Lib Dems announce plans to tackle the Growing number of long-term empty homes in Woking.

    The Lib Dems have announced today that they would allow Woking Council to increase Council Tax by up to 500% on homes that are left empty long-term.

    The latest Government statistics show that there were 346 homes left empty long-term in Woking Borough in 2018.