Jardine: RBS execs should expect a grilling

Ahead of RBS executives' appearance before Westminster's Scottish Affairs Committee, Liberal Democrat spokesperson Christine Jardine MP has warned that the firm must deliver on commitments to communities affected by the latest round of RBS closures.

The executives' appearance comes as new figures from the FSB suggest that more than 70% of RBS branches have closed in the past five years.

Ms Jardine, who has already had a number of meetings with the firm and whose Edinburgh West constituency contains the RBS headquarters, said:

“It is shocking to see that so many RBS branches have closed over the past five years

"RBS customers are entitled to expect that their bank will continue to provide the service which is vital to so many rural communities, both for individuals and for businesses.

"Over Christmas I was given assurances by senior bank officials that they would continue to offer face-to-face services in those communities affected by the latest round of closures such as the provision of mobile vans, community managers and regular advice and information surgeries.

"This is a start but it still leaves a lot to be desired from an instiution which, lest we forget, is still owned by the taxpayer.

"Bank bosses should expect a serious grilling on how they will deliver on these promises."

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