Campaign to end cold calls launched

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18 Feb 2013
Rosie has launched a campaign to end the misery of nuisance phone calls. 

She is spearheading ‘Freezing out cold calls’ after receiving complaints from constituents about the menace of unwanted phone calls.

She says people across Doncaster are being plagued during the day and in the evening, often receiving several calls a day.

Now Rosie is calling on the telemarketing industry and the Government to take a coordinated approach to combat the scourge of nuisance calls from both home and abroad.

She has already tabled questions in Parliament and met with the Chief Executive of Ofcom, and is urging MPs from all political parties to back her campaign.

Rosie said: “Nuisance calls make life a misery for thousands of people across Doncaster and the rest of the country.

“I know many of my constituents are becoming increasingly annoyed at the number of telephone calls – and text messages – they are receiving trying to sell any number of unwanted things from insurance protection to new household appliances.”

A loophole allows cold calls for ‘market research purposes’.

Householders are often unaware of the source of nuisance calls as the number of the company is withheld.

Sometimes silent calls occur when companies use predictive dialling technology to maximise the number of calls a call centre can make.

Rosie has been listening to the stories of householders who have suffered at the hands of the unwanted calls.

She said: “Registering with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) is supposed to stop these calls but it seems the number of calls many of us are receiving is increasing as the months go by.

“Although some steps have been taken to tackle this, not enough has been done, and that’s why I’m calling on the Government, and the telecoms industry to clean up its act and freeze out cold calls.”


Rosie Winterton MP for Doncaster Central
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