New funding for music education “an opportunity Powys must not miss”, says Kirsty Williams

Kirsty Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for Brecon and Radnorshire, has said the recent Welsh Government announcement on funding music education is “an opportunity Powys must not miss”.

The Welsh Government has announced £3m for improving music services for children and young people across Wales over the next two years.

A grant of £1.4 million has been provided for local authorities in 2018-19, of which Powys County Council will receive £59,653.

Kirsty Williams, Assembly Member for Brecon and Radnorshire, said:

“Providing access to music education is really important for so many young people. This additional funding for music service provision in Wales is an opportunity Powys must not miss.

“Money is going directly to local authorities so the Council will be able to prioritise local needs while enhancing access to music education. There are many community groups and charities in Brecon and Radnorshire who do fantastic work in this area, and the fund should be seen as a chance to support them.

Cllr James Gibson-Watt, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrat group on Powys County Council, said:

“The Council have made the funding of music education an issue of debate and we are well aware of the considerable concern that organisations in the sector have been expressing. We’re pleased that this funding presents an opportunity to alleviate that concern.”

More information about the Welsh Government announcement is available here:

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