Scottish Liberal Democrat economy spokesperson Councillor Carolyn Caddick has today called on the financial sector to do more to support customers in rural areas after a new report suggested that more than 1,000 branches across the UK have closed in the last two years.
The consumer report from Which? suggests that Scotland, along with Wales and South West England have been the most heavily affected.
Cllr Caddick said:
“While customers are increasingly shifting online, in rural parts of Scotland where internet coverage is more limited, such as the Highlands and Islands, local bank branches remain crucial. Where there isn’t a reliable connection we need to be breaking down the barriers to doing business, not seeing new ones.
“Millions still depend on these branches and where they are closing we need to see banks doing more to work with their customers to understand the needs of local communities.
“Scottish Liberal Democrats want to build a skilled and strong economy for all of Scotland, that’s why we’re calling on SNP ministers to work with the financial sector to ensure that people everywhere have easy and secure access to their money and the means to do business.”