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Briggs hosts Which? campaign event at Holyrood to stop nuisance calls

Miles Briggs, MSP for Lothian, today hosted at Holyrood a Which? Nuisance Calls campaign drop-in for MSPs and staff as it was revealed that seven in ten Scots said that receiving cold calls discouraged them from picking up their phone when it rings.

Speaking today Miles said:

“ Nuisance phone calls are a real concern for many constituents across Lothian, many of whom are fed up of being inundated with unwanted calls day in day out.

“ I commend Which? for the campaigning work it is doing on this issue and was pleased to sponsor their event at Parliament today for MSPs and staff. I encourage constituents who are affected by these calls to look at Which?’s advice website and support their efforts to try to stop them.”

Alex Neill, Which? Managing Director of Home Products and Services, said:

“We’re delighted that Miles supported our event and is backing our campaign to put an end to nuisance calls.

“Scots continue to receive more nuisance calls than the rest of the UK, and we hope that everyone will get behind the Scottish Government’s action plan and raise awareness of this everyday menace to the public.”

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* Please see a photograph of Miles at the event at Holyrood today.

* For any further information, please contact Miles’ office on 0131 348 5945

* More information on Which?’s campaign is below.

·         With new Which? research showing as many as eight in 10 (81%) Scots received a nuisance call on their landline in the last month, campaigners from the consumer champion spoke to MSPs about the issues with these calls that many are facing in their constituency.

·         As part of the campaign, Which? has led a week of activity on nuisance calls. Alongside the event at Parliament, a public event was held at Glasgow Central station on Monday and a further awareness day will take place in Aberdeen on Friday to help people protect themselves against nuisance calls.

·         At the event in Glasgow, Keith Brown MSP, Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, announced an action plan on the issue, with measures including a £50,000 fund to install call-blocking technology for those most at risk from nuisance calls.

·         The consumer champion wants MSPs, Scottish businesses and regulators to now get behind the Scottish Government's action plan and ensure that it tackles the problem of nuisance calls in Scotland. It is also pressing the UK Government to swiftly deliver on its commitment to make senior executives more responsible for the actions of their company.

·         The most common calls to landlines reported relate to: accident claims (38%), silent calls (48%) and PPI insurance claims (42%).

·         Stop nuisance calls:  https://campaigns.which.co.uk/nuisance-calls-scotland

·         Nuisance calls action plan: https://news.gov.scot/news/nuisance-calls-action-plan

Miles Briggs