Scot Lib Dems call for banks to ensure communities not left behind

Scottish Liberal Democrat economy spokesperson Councillor Carolyn Caddick has today called on the financial sector to do more to support customers after RBS announced that it is shutting 30 more Scottish branches.

The part-nationalised bank, which has already closed dozens of branches in Scotland since 2015, also said that 176 full-time posts would be affected.

Cllr Caddick said:

“Branch closures put tremendous pressure on communities, particularly those in more rural areas who already have to travel further to access banking services.

“Local businesses and households with poor access to broadband still depend on these branches. In areas where closures are taking place we need to see RBS and the Scottish Government doing more to ensure local communities are not left behind.

“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 business and customers everywhere have easy and secure access to their money and banking services.”

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