From The Equity Website:
Equity, BECTU and the National Association of Supporting Artistes Agents have joined forces to launch a petition calling on the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to examine the case for the licencing of agents in the entertainment industry.
The groups have long campaigned for the introduction of stronger measures to protect the innocent and the vulnerable from exploitation
by rogue agents. Currently anyone is at liberty to set themselves up as an agent and is free to charge up-front fees for registration linked to a promise that work will be found. All too often, however, the fees paid, which can be as much as a £100, do not result in any benefit to the individual and no work materialises.
It is hoped that strong support for the petition will persuade Vince Cable, secretary of state, and his team at BIS that the case for the licensing of agents in the entertainment sector needs to be examined. A licensing regime existed up until 1995 when it was scrapped.
Support for the petition can be registered by clicking the link below