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New £50,000 Call-Blocking Fund Welcomed by Jeane Freeman MSP

Published date : 12 Sep 2017

SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT TAKING ACTION TO BLOCK NUISANCE CALLS IN CARRICK, CUMNOCK AND DOON VALLEY

NEW £50,000 CALL-BLOCKING TECH FUND WELCOMED BY JEANE FREEMAN MSP

A new £50,000 fund that will install call-blocking technology for those most at risk from nuisance calls across Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley has been welcomed by local SNP MSP Jeane Freeman.

The fund forms a key part of the Scottish Government’s Nuisance Calls Action Plan, which will raise awareness of the issue of scam and nuisance calls and empower people to protect themselves from scams. Stats have shown that Scotland is disproportionately affected by nuisance calls.

The SNP has consistently taken action to tackle nuisance calls, forcing 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.

Commenting, SNP MSP Jeane Freeman said:

“This new £50,000 fund is great news for people across Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley – with Scotland disproportionately affected by this issue.

“Nuisance calls are certainly irritating but they are also upsetting and potentially risky for many people, when too often they can be scams and leave people out of pocket and they target the elderly and vulnerable.

“This fund will ensure those most at risk from these calls can get the protection they need and call-blocking technology can be installed.

“This is part of our wider strategy to support people across Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley who might be affected by these calls – with the Scottish Government’s Nuisance Calls Action Plan which will raise awareness and empower people to protect themselves.

“Despite SNP success at Westminster on this issue, there is still much to be done – and the power to regulate lies with the UK government. But the Scottish Government is taking action where it can, and we’ll continue to press the UK government to take greater action to reduce nuisance calls in Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley.”

ENDS

Notes:

https://news.gov.scot/news/nuisance-calls-action-plan

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.

#

CITY

INCOMING CALLS

NUISANCE CALLS

PROPORTION NUISANCE

1

GLASGOW

938431

483303

51.5%

2

EDINBURGH

212606

101690

47.8%

3

SOUTHAMPTON

58604

26794

45.7%

4

ABERDEEN

77007

35091

45.6%

5

SHEFFIELD

37662

16691

44.3%

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