Monday, 27 August 2012

Backing campaign against nuisance phone calls

I have today backed a campaign launched by Edinburgh West Liberal Democrat MP Mike Crockart and "The Sunday Post” called “No 2 Nuisance Calls”. 

It is estimated that there are around 50 nuisance sales calls made on average each year to every person in Scotland – some quarter of a billion in total.    Mike’s campaign is calling for government action to increase regulators’ powers to have these nuisance calls stopped.

I am strongly backing this campaign.   So many constituents in the West End tell me that they are fed up with nuisance marketing calls and its about time government took action on the matter.   

The campaign is calling on the Information Commissioner’s powers to be strengthened to take in all forms of unsolicited contact and for there to be a single, simple point of contact for any individual wishing to protect their privacy from unwanted calls, texts, faxes and emails.   This would make a great deal of sense and tackle what is becoming a real irritation for most households.

The website has an on-line petition where people can express their support for action to be taken to stop nuisance phone calls.