Woking and Surrey local news

  • Article: Jun 18, 2020
    By Cllr Will Forster

    The Lib Dems on Woking Borough Council have announced that they support the Local Electricity Bill.

    This bill is backed by nearly 200 MPs from all British political parties. It seeks to allow local groups to become electricity suppliers to their geographical areas. The bill would open the way for communities like Woking to benefit from electricity from renewable sources.

  • Article: Jun 15, 2020
    By Cllr Will Forster

    The Lib Dems are urging the Government to extend furlough support and bring forward bespoke packages of support for key sectors such as hospitality or face local unemployment.

    Acting leader of the Lib Dems Ed Davey MP, who is asking the public to join the campaign to protect workers, said thousands of families face "financial uncertainty" and called for the Government to do more.

  • Will Forster Fast Train
    Article: Jun 15, 2020
    By Cllr Will Forster

    The Lib Dems have succeeded in getting the Department for Transport to look into flexible rail tickets to help commuters getting back to work after the coronavirus pandemic.

    With traditional season tickets unlikely to be attractive for many commuters in the future the Lib Dems have called on the Government and train companies to provide more flexible ticket options including 'carnet' ticketing. Carnet ticketing would provide for 10 or 20 single journeys at a discount on the individual ticket price and crucially would allow much more flexibility than traditional season tickets.

  • Article: Jun 15, 2020

    An investigation by the Lib Dems has uncovered that 36,284 crimes were closed by Surrey Police last year without a suspect being identified.

    Data from the Home Office reveals that Police in England and Wales abandoned 2.2 million crimes in 2019 including more than 300,000 burglaries in 2019 - with a third of forces closing more than 80% of cases before they were solved.

  • Deborah Hughes
    Article: Jun 6, 2020
    By Cllr Will Forster

    A review by a cross-party task group into the decision to build a 9,000 capacity stadium and 1,100 flats at Woking Football Club's ground has heavily criticised the decision-making process behind the plans.

    Following the announcement of plans to redevelop the football ground with a £250 million loan from Woking Borough Council there has been significant concern from local residents and some council members that the development is inappropriate for the area, the plans do not help the football club and about how these plans were proposed in the first place.

  • Article: May 25, 2020

    Will Forster and the Lib Dems have written to Woking's MP Jonathan Lord, urging him to "end the distractions" and support calls for scandal-hit Dominic Cummings to go so the country can focus on the coronavirus emergency.

    In the letter, Lib Dem spokesperson Woking Councillor Will Forster, urges all Conservative MPs to "put the interests of your constituents first, end the distractions and join the growing number of Tory MPs who are calling for Dominic Cummings to go."

  • Schools blackboard for FB
    Survey: May 22, 2020
    15 questions

    The Government has announced that primary schools could re-open to pupils from Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 as soon as June 1st.

    We want to get Woking's young people back to school as soon as it is safe to do so.

    But as things stand, many people are worried about sending Reception and Year 1 children back on June 1st.

  • Will Forster and Supporters Sept 2019
    Article: May 20, 2020
    By Cllr Will Forster

    The Lib Dems are calling for EU citizens to be given the automatic right to stay in the UK as new official figures show 3,700 EU nationals living in Woking have not been granted permanent Settled Status to remain in the UK.

    Pointing to the contribution of EU citizens working in the NHS during the Covid-19 crisis, Lib Dem Home Affairs Spokesperson Christine Jardine urged the Government to "show its own support for the people's heroes by extending the right to remain to all EU and foreign nationals, many of whom are fighting for our lives."

  • Article: May 20, 2020
    By Cllr Will Forster

    The Lib Dems are urging the Government to extend income support for self-employed workers as official statistics have revealed the number of people claiming unemployment benefit in Woking increased by 795 between March 2020 and April 2020.

    Acting leader of the Lib Dems Ed Davey MP, who is asking the public to join his campaign to protect workers, warned "thousands of families face financial hardship" and called for the Government to do more.

  • Will Forster supporting NHS hospital in Woking
    Article: May 18, 2020

    The Lib Dems are calling on the Government to ramp up mental health support for health and care staff in Woking to ensure "world-class" support for those tackling the virus head on.

    Highlighting the "deep scar" coronavirus will leave on health and care staff in Woking, the local Lib Dems have put forward a package of mental health measures, including: