SNP MSP Joan McAlpine has demanded that the Royal Bank of Scotland reconsiders plans to close four branches across the region, after a shock announcement that the bank plans a series of closures across the country.
Following the announcement that RBS plans to close Annan, Langholm, Gretna and Lockerbie branches, Ms McAlpine has written to RBS asking for an urgent meeting on the future of the local service.
The Scottish Government has said they will continue to engage closely with banks and with senior representatives from all major companies in the financial services industry.
Speaking on the issue of prospective local bank closures, Andy Willox Scottish policy convenor of the Federation of Small Businesses has said:
“Banks sharing facilities would be one way to mitigate the impact of local closures, alongside a smart ATM network and mobile banking.”
Commenting SNP MSP Joan McAlpine said:
“This is very disappointing news for both customers and particularly for staff who will now be worried about their future so close to Christmas.
“Local banking services are vital to communities across Dumfries and Galloway, and many people are still dependent on high street services – this is a lifeline service for some.
“It is extremely important that the banks listen to the needs of customers in the region and recognise that there is a continued need for face-to-face provision as well as cash withdrawal and deposit machines.
“I have written to RBS to seek an urgent meeting on the future of these local services and hope that they will think again on this closure.”
List of prospective RBS closures: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-42188708