Proposals to fine bosses of nuisance calling firms

The government has proposed that directors of companies behind nuisance calls could face personal fines of up to £500,000.

Previously, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has had the power to fine companies found to be making nuisance calls, but often these companies avoid paying the fines by declaring bankruptcy and restarting their businesses under a new name.

Today’s proposals mean bosses could be be held personally accountable with an additional £500,000 fine. This would stop fine dodging and close one of the loopholes which keeps nuisance callers in business.

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

‘It’s good to see the Government has listened to consumers and will be introducing new rules to hold company directors to account.

‘This legislation will stop rogues dodging fines for bombarding consumers with nuisance calls and side-stepping the rules by closing one business and re-establishing a new one.’