Fees change on ballet scheme

13th April 2001 at 01:00
Parents earning more than pound;25,000 a year whose children are day pupils on the Government's music and ballet scheme will face a rise in fees, schools minister Estelle Morris said.

The scheme provides means test-aided places at seven independent schools for more than 700 particularly talented children. Both day and boarding places are available.

Ms Morris also sid that greater contributions for boarding pupils would be required from parents earning more than pound;45,000 per year. However, she claimed that 85 per cent of families using the scheme would be better off due to an increase in the income threshold at which fees begin to be charged.

Compiled by Jon Slater from Hansard. PQs can be found at www.parliament.uk

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