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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-12292: Gordon Lindhurst (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 31 October 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what funding it provides to the City of Edinburgh Council towards the running of the City of Edinburgh Council Music School, and what would happen to that funding if the local authority was to close the school and sought to redistribute its services.

Answered by: John Swinney 13 November 2017

The Scottish Government does not allocate funding directly to the Centres of Excellence, which include the City of Edinburgh Music School, but rather it supports these schools by providing funding through the local government settlement. The Scottish Government highly values the role of all six centres of excellence in Scotland, including the City of Edinburgh Music School. We note that the City of Edinburgh Council has now withdrawn proposals which would have affected the City of Edinburgh Music School from its 2017-18 budget consultation.

However, the original distribution of the settlement agreed between the Scottish Government and COSLA assumes the City of Edinburgh Music School continues. If City of Edinburgh Council were to withdraw this service, this could impact on the future distribution of these former ring fenced funds. The Scottish Government’s view would be that it would not be appropriate for City of Edinburgh Council to benefit, at the expense of other councils, in relation to a facility they no longer provide.