Responding to reports that sweeping cuts to school spending, music tuition and library opening hours are among measures that are being considered by Edinburgh City Council, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for Edinburgh Western Alex Cole-Hamilton said:
"It’s absolutely appalling that Edinburgh, like other councils, is forced to deliver brutal cuts to classroom assistants and music tuition thanks to years of underfunding from the SNP Government.
"For more than a decade, the SNP have refused to deliver meaningful reform of local taxation which would ensure that every local authority is able to deliver their own priorities. Instead, power has been stripped from councils and hoarded in SNP ministers' offices.
"You can’t put a price on the benefits that allowing every child to develop an interest in music and culture provides. Subjects like music shouldn’t be exclusively for those who can pay for them privately.
"Scottish Liberal Democrats will fight these proposals all the way. We simply must demand better for our children and young people."