Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross MP Jamie Stone has today condemned comments from RBS confirming that a series of rural bank branch closures will go ahead. A review conducted by Johnston Carmichael of 10 proposed branch closures published today confirms that eight of the branches concerned will be closed.
Mr Stone, whose constituency contains the Tongue branch earmarked for closure, said:
"RBS should think again and end the closures of rural bank branches in places like Tongue, which pose a huge threat to local businesses and leave loyal customers without access to essential financial services.
"In my constituency it is simply not practical for businesses and consumers to rely on internet banking and the occasional mobile service.
"Scottish Liberal Democrats have proposed a number of solutions to the challenges facing RBS including community banking hubs where banks could pool resources together thereby ensuring services can remain open."