Hyslop Highlights Instrumental Music Concerns in Parliament
Local Linlithgow MSP Fiona Hyslop has highlighted the issue of Instrumental Music Cuts in West Lothian during oral questions in Parliament last week.
Fiona said in the Parliamentary chamber:
“Local government as a whole in Scotland has had a real-terms budget increase. West Lothian Council, in particular, has had a budget increase. It is shocking that a county that has been championed across Scotland and regarded as providing some of the best music tuition would contemplate abolishing strings and percussion tuition.
“After the intervention of Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People, who identified that children and young people had not even been consulted about provision, the council is now looking at that again. I urge the council to do so seriously.
“The issue is not just that the reputation of West Lothian Council as a music-making champion is severely at risk; it is about opportunities for young people in my constituency and across West Lothian.”