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Instrumental Music Service Cuts Opposed by West Lothian Conservative Councillors

News Release from Miles Briggs:

Instrumental Music Service Cuts Opposed by West Lothian Conservative Councillors

The Instrumental Music Service is to be cut out and replaced in part by the Young Music Initiative (YMI).

The Instrumental Music Service (IMS) provides free instrumental music lessons to primary and secondary school pupils. Under the IMS there was also the Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme which provided music students the opportunity to purchase musical instruments without VAT. While the IMS provided free instrument lessons to school pupils, the YMI makes a weaker commitment to offer at least one year of free music tuition by the time the pupil leaves primary school. This is a direct commitment made by the Scottish government. This commitment perhaps neglects scholars in secondary school, who would miss out on the opportunity to have free music tuition if they had not applied for it during primary school.

Miles Briggs comments:

“It is very clear that music and the Instrumental Music Service is an important part of West Lothian’s culture.

“This can be seen in their national success, such as in the UK Pipe Bank Championships.

“Music is an important part of a child’s education and I am delighted that children in West Lothian will still have access to world class music tuitition.”

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Miles Briggs