Call for honesty in Southport’s Atkinson Centre ticket pricing

28th September 2015

A councillor has called for greater honesty in pricing of tickets at Southport’s Atkinson Centre.

Lib Dem Councillor Tony Dawson has taken up with the council how it is that the price of tickets purchased at the Atkinson Centre itself are now a minimum of 50p more than the advertised price. Nowhere can you buy tickets for the presently-advertised prices.

The Council say that they have to pay the company that runs the ticketing system a fee for every ticket regardless of whether the ticket is sold over the counter or by telephone or on line. The fees charged are £1 for online and telephone sales and 50p over the counter. The Council blames “unprecedented cuts” for this extra charge but Councillor Dawson is not ‘buying this’. He says:

“The council’s finances affect the pricing, NOT the way prices are advertised. I am not calling for cheaper tickets, just honesty in the price we advertise to the public.”

“People accept there is often a convenience fee to pay when they buy tickets by telephone or online – although they should really pay less with debit cards than when using credit card. But they expect the price advertised to be available to them somewhere as the total cost of attendance.”

“The basic ticket price advertised for any performance has to be a price that is actually available – otherwise it is not the real price at all.”


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