SNP MSP Shona Robison has demanded that the Royal Bank of Scotland reconsiders plans to close their branch in Dundee City East, after a shock announcement that the bank plans a series of closures across the country.
Following the announcement that RBS plans to close their Dundee Stobswell branch, Ms Robison has written to RBS asking for an urgent meeting to discuss her and her constituents’ concerns as well as 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 Shona Robison, Dundee City East MSP, 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 in Dundee, and many people are still dependent on high street services – this is a lifeline service for some.
“It is extremely important that the bank listens to the needs of customers in the Stobswell area 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 this local service and hope that they will think again on this closure.
“And as banking regulation is a reserved issue, the UK Government needs to act to ensure the industry is properly regulated and customers and businesses are properly catered for across Scotland. In the meantime, the SNP Scottish Government will continue to engage with the industry to mitigate as much as possible the economic and social impact of the planned closures.”
List of prospective RBS closures: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-42188708