Fiona White

Liberal Democrat Councillor for Guildford West Learn more

The recent Chesham & Amersham by-election has focused a lot more attention on the government white paper on the future of planning policy in England. So what’s all the fuss about? Is it just a load of NIMBYs making a noise? The government says that the changes are needed to stimulate housebuilding. The fact is […]

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Adult Social Care Services are in crisis

by fionawhite on 29 November, 2020

Adult social care services in the UK are in crisis. That applies to Surrey County Council as much as anywhere else. The number of people needing care has increased. People are living longer but not always in good health. Children born with disabilities now live into adulthood and people who become disabled survive for longer. […]

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Give credit where credit is due

by fionawhite on 17 August, 2020

While we have been trying to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic all across the country councils, voluntary organisations and community activists have been making extra efforts to help out people in need. That includes supporting those who have been shielding because of health issues or who are vulnerable for other reasons. Everyone who can has […]

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I have been in favour of reorganising local government for a long time. The two-tier system worked well in the past but I believe that it is no longer fit for purpose especially now that the internet makes communication so much easier. But, and it’s a big but, I have to ask why the government […]

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Health Inequality in England grows

by fionawhite on 25 June, 2020

The gap in health equality in England has grown over the last 10 years. In 2010, Sir Michael Marmot published a review into health inequality entitled Fair SocietyHealthy Lives. He found that there was a very big gap between the life expectancy and the health quality of life between people in different social circumstances. In […]

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More allotments at Aldershot Road, Westborough

by fionawhite on 25 June, 2020

After many years of campaigning by local residents supported by Westborough councillors, the top of the allotments site at Woodside Road in Westborough is going to go back to being plots for gardeners. At its May meeting earlier this year, Guildford Borough Council Planning Committee approved the council’s own application to return them to their […]

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There is a lot of discussion going on about whether we should stay in the European Union or whether we should pull out and join EFTA (and therefore the European Economic Area) as an alternative.  One of my Lib Dem colleagues had the brilliant idea of asking EFTA how easy it would be and what […]

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Surrey Adult Care services savings at risk

by fionawhite on 23 June, 2013

Adult Social Care is the biggest budget for all of Surrey County Council’s services.  This is because we have a lot of older people in the county and have one of the highest numbers of people with learning disabilities in the country.  The department’s budget has been hit hard over the last few years because […]

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Birthday honour for Surrey Police Officer

by fionawhite on 16 June, 2013

https://www.facebook.com/GuildfordPolice/posts/511451002243731 I was delighted to see the birthday honours award to John Hockley of Surrey Police.  It is good that his work has been recognised in this way.   “Surrey officer recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours ******************************************** A Surrey Police officer has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list announced today (Saturday 14 […]

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Guildford Local Committee is made up of the 10 county councillors in Guildford Borough with 10 borough councillors. Our next meeting is on 19th June.  Two petitions are coming to the Committee and both of them are from Guildford West County Division – my division.  One of them is about Cabell Road.  Only half the […]

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