Olympic ticketing - local residents

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Reference: 
2009/3254
Question By: 
Dee Doocey
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Do you share my concern that despite 7 years of disruption caused by the construction of the Olympic Park, local residents will not be entitled to any discount on the purchase of tickets for the Olympic and Paralympic Games?

Answer

Answer for Olympic ticketing - local residents

Answer for Olympic ticketing - local residents

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Thank you, Dee. You are asking whether, in view of all the disturbance that local residents have suffered over the last seven years, can they be entitled to discounts on their tickets. This is something that, as you will recall, I have raised time and again. The difficulty is that, under European Union law, apparently, as you will know, we are told we cannot offer discounts to particular groups and we risk a challenge in the courts if we do so.

I do think that is regrettable. I do think there should be specific ways of recognising the contribution that Londoners have made, and will continue to make, in their Council Tax for the Olympics and, therefore, in our discussions with The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG), going forward to the announcement on ticketing which will take place in March, we are obviously looking very, very hard at what can be done to ensure that Londoners do get access to tickets and, particularly, to ensure that kids in London's schools are able to get to the venues if there are going to be a great big yawning mass of empty seats. We want to have schemes that will allow London kids to have some kind of preferential access.