Those across EK most at risk from nuisance calls can benefit from a new £50,000 fund that will install call-blocking technology.
Linda Fabiani MSP welcomed the announcement and explained that the fund forms a key part of the Scottish Government’s Nuisance Calls Action Plan. Statistics have shown that Scotland is disproportionately affected by nuisance calls.
The SNP has consistently taken action to tackle nuisance calls, and forced the UK government at Westminster to adopt legislation that punishes company directors if their organisations are found in breach of the law on nuisance calls.
The consumer champion, Which? wants MSPs, Scottish businesses and regulators to now get behind the Scottish Government’s action plan and help to make sure that the problem of nuisance calls in Scotland is defeated.
Nearly 30,000 Scottish people have signed Which?’s petition to put an end to nuisance calls.
Commenting, Linda said:
“This new £50,000 fund is great news for people across East Kilbride – I know of many folk who have been affected, and the local police along with East Kilbride Crime Prevention Panel have been very active in trying to protect EK residents.
“Nuisance calls are irritating for many people, and can often be scams targeting the elderly and vulnerable. We all need to be vigilant.
“This fund will ensure those most at risk from these calls can get the protection they need and call-blocking technology can be installed.
“There is much to be done, and the power to regulate lies with the UK government. However, I’m glad to see the Scottish Government taking action where it can, and we’ll continue to press the UK government to do more.
Alex Neill, Which? Managing Director of Home Products and Services, said:
“We’re delighted that Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride attended our event and is backing our campaign to put an end to nuisance calls.
“Scots continue to receive more nuisance calls than the rest of the UK, and we hope that Linda will get behind the Scottish Government’s action plan and raise awareness of this everyday menace to the public.”
- UK-wide statistics on nuisance calls (http://press.which.co.uk/whichpressreleases/scottish-cities-top-the-table-for-nuisance-calls/)
- Proportion of calls that are classified as a nuisance.
- As part of the campaign, Which? Has led a week of activity on nuisance calls. Alongside the event at parliament, which Linda attended to show her support, a public event was held at Glasgow Central Station on Monday and a further awareness day will take place in Aberdeen on Friday the 15th to help people protect themselves against nuisance calls.
- The most common calls to landlines reported are to do with: accident claims (38%), silent calls (48%0 and PPI insurance claims (42%). Also, the average number of nuisance calls was reported at around 14 per month. Four in ten people who received them (41%) said they felt intimidated by cold calls.
- Which? Research done on the past shows that Scotland’s cities have the highest rates of nuisance calls in the UK. Glasgow was recorded to have the most nuisance calls out of 18 different cities, according to the percentage of calls in that area that people received.