Liberal Democrat Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine has today secured agreement from Ross McEwan, Chief Executive of RBS, to a meeting to discuss plans to set up shared banking hubs and the future of services in rural areas.
During the Scottish Affairs Committee meeting today, in which RBS officials were grilled on recent bank closures, Ms Jardine proposed setting up shared banking hubs to protect access to services.
Mr McEwan agreed to facilitate a meeting between Ms Jardine and the technical teams responsible for developing RBS technology.
Following the exchanges, Ms Jardine said:
“Right across Scotland, we are hearing that the closure of RBS branches will have a devastating impact on access to services for local communities and businesses.
"RBS has benefited from the support of the tax payer. They therefore have a duty to take a community focused approach that ensures people have access to face-to-face financial services.”
“People deserve better than these closures. That is why Liberal Democrats have proposed plans to set up banking hubs, where banks could pool resources together and ensure services can remain open.
“I am pleased therefore Mr McEwan has agreed to facilitate a meeting with me to discuss these plans. The UK Government should also sit up and listen and give these proposals serious consideration.”