Doncaster MP leads fight on nuisance callers

Rosie Winterton
Rosie Winterton

A Doncaster MP leading a campaign against nuisance phone calls has welcomed proposals for a crackdown on companies who flout the law.

Officials say the Nuisance Calls Action Plan will lower the threshold for taking action against organisations making unwanted calls – meaning that more can be fined.

Rosie Winterton, who is spearheading the Freeze Out Cold Calls campaign, launched in 2012, believes the changes are a step in the right direction.

The Doncaster Central MP said: “Only this weekend I met with a group of constituents in Bessacarr who have had some awful experiences with unwanted phone calls.

“Unfortunately their stories are just the tip of the iceberg – and that’s why I’ve been calling for the law to be beefed up for many months now.

“I’m glad the Government have listened to my concerns, and those of the constituents who have contacted me, and announced their plans, which will certainly help to combat the problem.

“There are still too many people in Doncaster getting phone calls they don’t want.

“Often the people receiving these calls are already registered with the Telephone Preference Service, meaning they have requested not to be contacted.

“I’ve had other constituents tell me they are getting as many as 10 unwanted telephone calls a day. It’s clear to me that some of the companies making these calls are breaking the law.”