Woking and Surrey local news

  • Article: Aug 9, 2022

    In a shocking investigation of dentistry services across the UK, new analysis by the BBC has found that 93% of dentistry practices in Surrey are not accepting any new adult NHS patients.

    The local Lib Dems have demanded a Health Minister comes to visit dentistry practices in Surrey to see for themselves how dire the situation is. The Party also wants the Minister to meet with local people who have been forced to wait in agony for months due to a lack of NHS dentist appointments.

  • Scrap the Price Hike
    Article: Aug 9, 2022

    Woking's Lib Dems have called on the Government to spare families from soaring energy bills by cancelling October's price cap increase, accusing the Conservatives of "stalling in the face of a national emergency".

    The bold plan would save a typical household in Woking an extra £1,968 a year. The 70% increase in the energy price cap expected to be announced by Ofgem later this month would be cancelled, with the Government instead paying the shortfall to energy suppliers so that they can afford to supply customers at the current rates.

  • Nodding donkey silhouette
    Article: Aug 4, 2022

    Prominent Lib Dems in Surrey have declared their intention to lead the fight against a decision to allow exploratory drilling for gas and oil at a site at Loxley, near Dunsfold in Waverley borough.

    Permission to starting fracking activities was originally refused when the application was considered by the Planning & Regulatory Committee at Surrey County Council. However, UK Oil and Gas (UKOG) appealed the decision, and it was recently overturned by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Community, currently under the leadership of Michael Gove.

  • Article: Aug 1, 2022

    The Times reports on freezing of income tax threshold bands costing squeezed-middle households

    Yesterday, The Times reported on new analysis by the Lib Dems, revealing that Woking is amongst the hardest hit parts of the country from the Government's stealth tax rise which froze the higher rate tax threshold.

  • Back view of police officer
    Article: Aug 1, 2022

    Surrey Police closed over 29,000 cases last year without even identifying a suspect, new analysis by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.

    The party's analysis of new Home Office figures has found that, of the 69,199 offences committed between April 2021 and March 2022 29,614 were unsolved.

    This means a staggering 42.8% of crimes in Surrey were un-investigated.

  • Surrey Pride
    Event: Aug 27, 2022 10:30 AM - 8:00 PM
    Join the Surrey Lib Dems at Pride this year - a great opportunity to share our liberal values, build relationships and find new members!
    Event Contact : Adam Kirby
    From the organisers:
    This year's venue is the biggest site ever for our Pride event and also gives us our longest ever parade route. The sheer scale of our Camberley site will enable us to bring you a bigger, better and bolder Pride and welcome even more of you than in previous years. We welcomed over 7500 people to our 2021 event in Godalming and we are simply delighted that more people will be able to join us for 2022.
  • Article: Jul 30, 2022

    Woking Borough Council owns outright, or has an interest in, a number of trading companies. They were formed to deliver council objectives in a more efficient and effective manner. These companies include the ThamesWey group of companies which is regenerating Sheerwater and Victoria Square Woking Ltd which is regenerating Woking town centre. Last year, whilst still in opposition, Woking Lib Dems instigated a Review of all WBC's finances which was conducted by accountants EY. This review contained a series of recommendations including modernising the way these companies are held to account.

  • Article: Jul 30, 2022

    The Times reports on freezing of income tax threshold bands costing squeezed-middle households

    Yesterday, The Times reported on new analysis by the Lib Dems revealing that Woking is amongst the hardest hit parts of the country from the Government's stealth tax rise which froze the higher rate tax threshold.

  • Woking Master Plan
    Article: Jul 25, 2022

    The Lib Dems running Woking Borough have launched a public consultation on a masterplan for Woking town centre.

    Residents, businesses and key stakeholders can have their say during a 12-week consultation on a new framework that will guide future development in Woking.

    The Lib Dems masterplan will establish an overarching vision for Woking town centre that will enable design-led, sustainable development, such as new homes that meet the needs of residents, a thriving retail and business environment, as well as strengthening Woking's cultural and leisure offer.

  • Article: Jul 25, 2022

    Woking Council has declared a cost-of-living emergency, following a motion proposed by the new Leader of the Council, CllrAnn-Marie Barker, and supported unanimously by the Liberal Democrat Group.

    This highlights the increasing price that residents will pay for utility bills -as the price cap from Ofgem rises to an average of £708 per year for those who use pre-pay meters. The motion passed by Woking Council also recognises the recent 300% increase in food bank use across Surrey in recent months compared to the same point in 2019.