SNP taking action to reduce nuisance calls in North East

Stewart Stevenson MSP
Stewart Stevenson MSP

SNP MSP for Banffshire & Buchan Coast, Stewart Stevenson has pledged to support Scottish Government efforts to cut down on nuisance calls – after it was announced that a new commission is meeting this week to tackle the issue in Scotland.

Nuisance calls can be particularly disruptive for vulnerable people across the North-east, causing distress and even financial hardship – sometimes leaving people too scared to even answer their phone.

Stewart Stevenson MSP plans to raise the problem of nuisance calls in the North-east with the Nuisance Calls Commission, and invites any constituents plagued by cold calls to contact the Scottish Government Consumer and Competition Policy Unit by email at consumerandcompetition@gov.scot.

Commenting, Stewart Stevenson MSP said: “Cold calling can be very distressing, particularly for vulnerable people across the North-east – and can go as far as causing financial hardship and even leave people too scared to answer their phones.

“The Scottish Government has been taking action to prevent nuisance calls, and this new Nuisance Calls Commission will help give individuals and businesses more power to stop cold calling, whilst exploring if stronger regulation is necessary.

“I intend to raise the issue of nuisance calls in the North-east with the Commission – and invite any concerned individuals to get in touch to talk about their experience.

“The Commission is an important step in helping to tackle the problem. Whilst the UK government announcement on banning pensions cold calling is welcome, more can be done to protect individuals – and the Scottish Government intends to use newly devolved powers to do what it can to prevent nuisance calls, whilst urging the UK government to do more and to work with them to take concerted action.”