Speaking after a members’ debate in the Scottish Parliament on the closure of 62 RBS branches across Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrat rural affairs spokesperson and North East MSP Mike Rumbles said:
“This latest round of RBS branch closures is just the most recent in a long line of branch closures which have hit the residents of the rural North-East particularly hard. Not everyone can bank online and especially in our rural communities there is a clear need for a physical bank presence.
“RBS and indeed the other banks need to think ‘outside the box’. They could still make a profit and provide a service to our rural communities by working together, even with their competitors in a community hub, with facilities local people could access with greater ease.
“If the banks continue to work in silos we could see them all withdraw their services from our towns and villages. This way lies disaster for local people and rural communities. It is time for both the Scottish and UK Governments to knock some heads together.”