More parents in Conwy face paying for children’s music tuition in schools as the council plans an 80% budget cut.

Schools will lose the £327,000 delegated budget for the service, with £61,000 left to fund free tuition for pupils eligible for free school meals.

Councillor Julie Fallon, cabinet member for education, said cuts were “regrettable” but claimed the new system would be fairer.

Opposition councillors have vowed to fight the changes.

A report to Conwy’s education committee said some schools currently did not have funding for music tuition, while others had sums which “does not reflect the individual school need in relation to pupil numbers or deprivation”.

A consultation with schools in the county showed they were evenly split between those in favour of the change and those who preferred

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