It was a significant turnaround. Last week we reported on the huge cuts to local authority music tuition for children across Britain. We looked at how short-term and damaging the cuts were – how they were excluding all but children of the wealthy from an opportunity to learn and enjoy.
We looked at how this had a demonstrable knock-on effect in so many other aspects of learning and into the rest of their lives. There really was no excuse.
We focused some of our attention on Midlothian Council, in Scotland, who were planning on completely axing all music tuition in secondary school, except for children taking their National 5s (the equivalent of GCSEs).
Such was the outcry at the news that a matter of days ago the council relented and said they were no longer going to implement the cuts.
We applaud this. It is a fine example of a local authority listening to those they are there to serve and acting in their interests.
A problem remains. Due to the tightening of budgets, something else somewhere is going to pay for this.