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NEW MEASURES TO TACKLE NUISANCE CALLS

Article posted Wednesday 27th June 2018

The Government has announced new measures to crackdown not only on businesses that make nuisance calls but also the Directors of those businesses.

It has been reported that of the £17.8million issued in fines issued to firms in respect of nuisance calls since 2010 only 50% has been recovered as the firms themselves had gone into liquidation. Sometimes for the previous directors to open new business shortly after that carry on similar operations.

While individuals can be disqualified from boardroom positions and can be imprisoned if they break such a ban, the government has now launched a consultation on new proposals that would allow directors of businesses that make nuisance calls to be directly fined up to £500,000.

These proposals have been welcomed by a number of groups including the Association of British Insurers (ABI) James Dalton, Director, General Insurance Policy, said: 

“Tougher action against the scourge of nuisance calls cannot come soon enough. People have had enough of being bombarded by nuisance calls, often from claims management companies encouraging claims for whiplash-related injuries, that ultimately end up being paid for by honest motorists through higher insurance premiums. It’s time to end the nuisance call nightmare.”

You can find out more about the proposals and respond to the consultation on the Gov.UK website at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/nuisance-calls-and-messages-action-against-directors

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