In the wake of the cutbacks imposed on local regional councils, music tuition is one of the areas that will be impacted significantly. Rough figures for Scotland include a 25% reduction in Fife (saving £400,000), Midlothian is to cut its music service by £48,000 this year, then £125,000 the following year and has proposed removing all instrument instruction from primary schools, while Shetland, which has never charged for instrumental lessons, will ask parents to contribute from August, and East Ayrshire is to introduce charging in a bid to save £50,000. And Stirling, Highland and Perth and Kinross are all planning to raise fees, while Edinburgh plans to cut six full-time instrumental staff. (quoted from http://scotlandonsunday.scotsman.co...02621.jp?CommentPage=1&CommentPageLength=1000). Bruce Fraser, I have noticed, has been contacting press offices to highlight his concerns and try to stop these cuts from happening. What cutbacks are proposed for your locality and how much of an impact will it make for students and staff numbers? What is being done about it?