SNP Taking Action to Block Nuisance Calls in Glasgow with new £50,000 Call-blocking Tech Fund.

A new £50,000 fund that will install call-blocking technology for those most at risk from nuisance calls across Glasgow has been welcomed by local SNP MSP Sandra White.

The fund forms a key part of the SNP 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.

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Commenting, SNP MSP Sandra White said:

“This new £50,000 fund is great news for people across Glasgow – with Scotland disproportionately affected by this issue.

“Nuisance calls are irritating for many people – and we need to be vigilant as they can be scams and leave people out of pocket as 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 Glasgow 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. However, it is positive to see the Scottish Government taking action where it can, and we’ll continue to press the UK government to take greater action to reduce nuisance calls in Glasgow.”

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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