Lords continuing to oppose consumer rights of fans

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  • February 23, 2015

As we have been reporting, event organisers have been lobbying the House of Lords hard to try and limit your right to resell tickets for live events. The House of Lords will be voting on this matter on Tuesday 24 February.

Over the weekend, the House of Lords tabled a new motion that requires that, whenever you sell a ticket on an online platform, you will have to provide your row and seat number. Event organisers then plan to use this information to cancel and void that ticket and put fans on blacklists.

Event organisers are arguing that their proposal provides ‘safeguards’ against cancellation and blacklisting. These, however, are meaningless. The legislation would still allow event organisers to cancel and blacklist if the terms and conditions attached to the original sale of the ticket provided for that – as they routinely do. This is therefore no safeguard at all, and is a totally pointless provision.

We firmly believe that the House of Lords proposals would go directly against basic principles of consumer rights. We urge you, if you haven’t already, to sign our letter letting the Lords who previously voted in favour of these measures know how you feel about this important issue. By doing this, you could have a real effect in protecting fans’ rights to resell their tickets.

Let us know if you have any queries about these measures and what it means for you at george@fanfreedom.org.uk.