Moray Council tax could rise by 4.79%

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image captionJohn Mustard criticised plans to raise tuition fees

Moray Council is proposing to put up council tax by 4.79% in a budget which could also see more than 80 posts lost.

Controversial plans to raise music tuition fees by 85% - which saw the council's head of music instruction service John Mustard resign - have now been reduced to a 20% proposal.

Mr Mustard said he had no intention of changing his mind about quitting.

The budget proposal - to be voted on next Wednesday - says 88 full-time equivalent jobs would go.

Libraries at Cullen and Tomintoul could also close.

'Continues erosion'

The original planned 85% increase would have raised music tuition fees to £699 a year.

Head of music instruction service Mr Mustard said the 85% increase - approved last month as part of a bid to balance the council's budget - would "deprive" many young people of a skill and pleasure.

Reacting to news of the reduced 20% proposal, he told the BBC Scotland news website: "The increase just continues the erosion of the service by price increases that has been ongoing for several years now, and 20% will still be a deal-breaker for some families.

"Therefore I have no intention of changing my mind."

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It was reported last year that only 10 of Scotland's 32 councils still provided free music tuition.

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