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Barnet Borough Council approves plans for music service to become a charity
Barnet Borough Council has approved plans that it hopes will improve access to music lessons for the borough’s children.
On Thursday night the council’s cabinet resources committee approved plans to make its music service a stand-alone entity.
The new music service will be able to register as a charity which will give it access to additional sources of funding.
These funds will be used to improve access to music tuition for children in Barnet schools.
Under the proposals all music service staff will be transferred over to the new organisation but the council has pledged to protect their salaries and pensions.
Councillor Andrew Harper, cabinet member for education, children and families, said: “At the moment the council offers free instruction for at least one term in all junior school settings, followed by paid for lessons.
“We know that reduced household incomes mean fewer families will be able to afford to pay for music lessons in the future, and we are anticipating a 25 per cent reduction in income over the next three years.
“At Barnet Council, we have always acknowledged music as an essential part of life and learning.
“By allowing the music service to convert into a charitable company they will be able to tap into new funding which will give every child an opportunity to make the most of what we have to offer here in Barnet.”
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