Nuisance calls remains an issue despite prosecutions being made

Prosecutions followed new laws against nuisance calls brought in this year.

NUISANCE CALLS REMAINS one of the most annoying situations that people throughout Moray and the Highlands and Islands are having to deal with on a daily basis.

That is the view of regional MSP Jamie Halcro Johnston, who is highlighting a meeting he held with week with the Which? Consumer group to discuss their campaign on the issue.

The Scottish Conservative MSP discussed the impact of nuisance calls on those in the Highlands and Islands (including Moray) in a speech in the Scottish Parliament in September, and both the UK and Scottish governments have recently taken action over prosecutions.

Mr Halcro Johnston was particularly concerned with what could be done to support vulnerable people who may find these sorts of calls particularly distressing.

The MSP said: “I welcome action taken by the UK and Scottish governments to crack down on nuisance calls and it is clear that real efforts are now being made to prosecute those who break the rules.

“For too long, these sorts of inappropriate calls have been causing problems for residents across the region. We know that people in Scotland have, on average, more trouble with nuisance calls than others across the UK.

“Which? has campaigned extensively on this issue and has pointed to a number of steps that people can take. This includes using the guides on its website to help report inappropriate calls to the proper authorities, signposting how to register with the Telephone Preference Service and information on the range of call-blocking solutions that are available.

“I’m optimistic that the tide is starting to turn against individuals and businesses that have been causing a nuisance to people across the Highlands and Islands.”