"Officers received a number of comments on the draft proposals which were discussed at the Education PDSP recently, which will be considered moving forward. Councillors previously voted to invest £0.5 million per year on free instrumental music tuition in West Lothian, and charging was not considered as an option at this stage.
"We aim to ensure that quality instrumental music can be maintained for the largest possible number of pupils, with most councils now charging for music tuition, some up to £500 per year. It's vital we target our limited resources to where they can have the greatest impact to support those who will benefit most and maintain West Lothian's tradition of successful music ensembles.
"West Lothian Council is making savings across the council due to an estimated budget gap of £65 million over the next five years, as the money we receive from the Scottish Government is not sufficient to meet the council's costs for our growing younger and older population."