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Season Tickets For Disabled And Elderly Fans
Press Release
Tuesday, February 05 2013

Following the announcement of Season-Ticket prices for 2013-14, many RamsTrust members have reacted with dismay to the cost increases for certain sections of the fanbase.

Although prices have remained static for many supporters, tickets for senior supporters have increased by up to 25% and the age band has been increased from 60 to 65. This is a further increase after the age was increased from 55 only just over 5 years ago. This is particularly galling for those supporters who were approaching eligibility – after similar disappointment previously.

However, the biggest complaints have been over the removal of discounts for disabled supporters, who in some cases have seen their tickets more than double in price. These increases seem to hit the supporters who are least able to afford the extra cost. This has led to some disabled supporters (and their families and friends) questioning whether they will renew for next season.

In order to reduce this impact and the possible reduction in renewals, RamsTrust would like to propose a compromise solution – to categorise disabled supporters in the new ‘Band E’ category for season-ticket pricing. Whilst this will still represent an increase for disabled supporters, it will at least prevent 100% price rises which make disabled supporters question the club’s attitude towards them.

RamsTrust would also ask what consultation process was done with supporters in setting the new pricing structure – as this may have alleviated some of the concerns that have been raised, and may have allowed the club to make concessions to ensure all supporters accepted the new prices.

RamsTrust believes that supporters should be treated with respect, and not just regarded as ‘customers’ – the recent government recommendations and Supporters Direct meeting in the Houses of Parliament today also support this view.

Media/editors: For further details or comments - phone Jim Wheeler, Chair of RamsTrust 07983 360654

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