Nui­sance calls cut off with new tech­nol­ogy

Strathearn Herald - - STRATHEARN VIEW - Lynn Duke

A new £50,000 fund that will in­stall call-block­ing tech­nol­ogy for those most at risk from nui­sance calls has been wel­comed by Roseanna Cun­ning­ham MSP.

The fund forms a key part of the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s Nui­sance Calls Ac­tion Plan, which will raise aware­ness of the is­sue of scam and nui­sance calls and em­power peo­ple to pro­tect them­selves from scams.

Statis­tics have shown that Scot­land is dis­pro­por­tion­ately af­fected by nui­sance calls.

Ms Cun­ning­ham said: “This new £50,000 fund is great news for peo­ple across Perth and Kin­ross.

“Nui­sance calls are ir­ri­tat­ing for many peo­ple - and we need to be vig­i­lant as they can be scams and leave peo­ple se­ri­ously out of pocket as they tar­get the el­derly and vul­ner­a­ble.

“This fund will en­sure those most at risk from these calls can get the pro­tec­tion they need and call-block­ing tech­nol­ogy can be in­stalled.

“This is part of our wider strat­egy to sup­port peo­ple across Perth and Kin­ross who might be af­fected by these calls - with the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s Nui­sance Calls Ac­tion Plan which will raise aware­ness and em­power peo­ple to pro­tect them­selves.

“De­spite SNP suc­cess at West­min­ster on this is­sue, there is still much to be done.

“And the power to reg­u­late lies with the UK gov­ern­ment.

“How­ever, it is pos­i­tive to see the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment tak­ing ac­tion where it can, and we’ll con­tinue to press the UK gov­ern­ment to take greater ac­tion to re­duce nui­sance calls in Perth and Kin­ross and also be­yond.”

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