New MSP to put nuisance callers in the dock during Holyrood debate

AS NUISANCE CALLERS continue almost unchecked a debate in the Scottish Parliament this week will include a call for proactive action by Holyrood.

Regional MSP Jamie Halcro Johnston, who replaced Douglas Ross in the Holyrood chamber after his Tory colleague was elected to Westminster, has said he will use a debate on Thursday to highlight the issue that troubles residents in Moray and throughout the Highlands and Islands.

Speaking ahead of the debate, Mr Halcro Johnston said: “It is clear that despite co-ordinated action by government, nuisance calls continue to be a problem for people across Moray and the Highlands and Islands.

“But we also know that these calls can be more than just a nuisance. They can cause anxiety among elderly and vulnerable people as well as leaving them open to scams and exploitation.

“The UK Government has already made it easier for nuisance callers to be hit with fines of up to £500,000 and is bringing forward new legislation to prevent company directors from avoiding liability.

“However, we must ensure that both the UK and Scottish Governments continue to work together to review and act on problems where they exist.”