Author Archives: Hal Brown

Support for young people during exam season

This week, the Surrey Mirror asked local politicians: What additional support can be offered to young people during exam season? Here’s my response. Recent curriculum changes mean students are now sitting more exams than ever, beginning at age six. Children, teachers and counselling services like Childline report that exam stress is mounting rapidly, and nearly […]

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Is the local election system fair?

Today the Surrey Mirror is publishing opinions on the voting system. Here’s mine: Our first-past-the-post electoral system still favours the main parties. But so many people I talk with on the doorstep say they are fed up with the main parties. They want their voices to be heard at all levels of politics. Proportional representation […]

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Social care and council tax

This week, the Surrey Mirror asked for opinions on the question: ‘A percentage of the council tax increase has been ear-marked for Social Care, is it enough?’ This is my response. It’s not enough and it’s the wrong approach.

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Cleaning the Common

Councillor Hal Brown, Councillor Jonathan Essex, Green campaigner Ruth Ritter and five volunteers tackled the litter on Whitebushes Common on Sunday 27 January. After stretching through brambles, wading across muddy ditches and contorting aching body parts to reach awkward corners of undergrowth, an impressive pile of bin bags was generated. A tyre and even a […]

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