Thousands sign Wiltshire music tuition cuts petition

Thousands of people have signed a petition against cuts to school music tuition in Wiltshire.

Schools are set to take over responsibility for providing music teachers from September.

Campaign group Save Wiltshire Music (SWM) has accused the authority of "washing their hands" of the service and leaving it at risk.

The council said music lessons would still be provided but it needed to find "new ways of carrying out services".

More than 3,700 people have signed the petition launched by SWM.

A spokesperson for the group said children from low and middle income families and in rural communities "will suffer" as a result of the changes.

"People have grown up with the Wiltshire Music Service and don't want to lose it," they said.

Previously, the county council placed music teachers in schools, but will no longer do so under the new proposals.

It said a reduction in the service, which will include the loss of 10 administrative jobs, will save more than £250,000 a year.

It said: "We will be supporting music teachers and schools to make the changes while continuing to provide the tuition that is so valuable for a child's development."

The plans, which are still under consultation, are expected to be implemented in September.

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