Vale revealed as above national average for personal injury cold calls - The Evesham Observer

Vale revealed as above national average for personal injury cold calls

Evesham Editorial 22nd Jan, 2018   0

EVESHAM and Pershore residents are blighted by a high rate of cold calls and texts for personal injury claims, a new survey has found.

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers survey found the WR postcode endured with 20.5 reported calls and texts for every 100,000 residents.

That’s higher than the average rate for UK postcode areas of 14.2 reported calls and texts for every 100,000 residents during the survey conducted between May and October last year.

MPs are set to debate the Financial Guidance and Claims Bill today with ministers urged to uphold an earlier commitment, made in a House of Lords debate on this Bill, to ban cold calling by claims management companies.

“This really is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Brett Dixon, APIL president.

“These figures only cover the cold calls which are reported. There will be many more which are not.

“Cold calls and texts give the impression claiming money for compensation is easy, when it is not. “This in turn encourages frivolous or fraudulent claims. It is a tasteless and intrusive practice which preys on the vulnerable and it must be banned,” he said.

Mr Dixon urged the Government to introduce the ban in the Financial Guidance and Claims Bill.

“It is the best opportunity finally to stop claims management companies making cold calls about personal injury claims,” he said.

“This is a chance for us to put an end to this scourge of nuisance cold calls and texts which have infuriated us all at some point or another.”


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