A controversial budget plan to nearly triple the cost of children's music lessons has been condemned by a trust set up to support struggling families.
An MSP has accused Labour of providing music tuition “for the few, not the many” after a council controlled by the party became Scotland’s first to propose scrapping the service for most pupils.
The Education Secretary pointed the finger at councils for failing to “recognise the value” of music when he was quizzed on charging pupils for lessons.
The Education Secretary has suggested some councils do not “recognise the value” of teaching children to play musical instruments, during questioning about charges for the service by MSPs.
The number of pupils being taught through an instrumental music service has fallen by more than two thirds after charges were introduced, MSPs have heard.
Perth and Kinross residents have joined opponents of a controversial decision to increase the cost of music tuition, with one claiming it is “robbing the poor to give to the rich".
Music trust reports “concerning” decline in children signing up for lessons after council price hike
The number of children signing up for new music lessons in Perth and Kinross has dropped sharply since council chiefs agreed a controversial 60% rise in tuition costs.
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Music fee campaigners have confronted council chiefs over a planned price hike which they fear could turn Perth into a "musical vacuum".
Sir, – I am writing to express my great concern about Perth and Kinross Council’s plans to increase instrumental music fees at schools by 60% over the next three years.