Pontins used list of mainly Irish surnames to refuse bookings to 'undesirables'

Tue, 02/03/2021 - 19:02 -- Editor

The Pontins chain of holiday camps in Britain has been found to have supplied bookings staff with a list of 40 'undesirable' guest names, designed to exclude the Travelling Community from its 6 camps in England and Wales.

An investigation by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) found that the company had been using the blacklist of mainly Irish surnames as part of a policy of refusing bookings by Gypsies and Travellers to its holiday parks.

The events have been reported, first on the i newspaper website, and now on the BBC.

The company has agreed to change its working practices, and the list, which was published on the company intranet, has been withdrawn.