JENNY GILRUTH MSP DEMANDS ACTION ON BANK CLOSURES IN COSNTITUENCY

Published date : 26 Apr 2019

Local MSP, Jenny Gilruth, has called for re-assurances that local bank branches will remain open in Mid-Fife and Glenrothes, after concerns over the number of banks and building societies which have closed across the country were raised. 

 

A Which? study revealed that 22 banks and building societies have shut their doors in Fife, and almost 400 banks and building societies have closed across Scotland since 2015.

 

Communities across Scotland are rightly concerned about the impact of the decision to close will have on local businesses, employees, the elderly and vulnerable and all those who need access to banking services.

 

MSPs and MPs have been arguing for the reversal of hundreds of bank branch closures across Scotland, and a Holyrood committee urged that banks should be required to consult with customers, businesses and the wider community before closing local branches.

 

Despite repeated calls for action, and its role as majority shareholder in RBS, the UK government has failed to lift a finger to prevent the closures.

 

Commenting, Jenny Gilruth MSP said:

 

“These bank closures contribute to a lack of banking facilities, which will hit local families, small businesses, and tourism in Mid-Fife and Glenrothes.

 

“More and more of us do our banking on the internet or by phone, but that simply isn’t an option for everyone. A face-to-face banking service is indispensable for many people, and banks must engage with people and businesses on their needs before deciding to close a branch.

 

“It would be a huge loss to my constituency to see any more branches shut their doors - this could leave a significant number of elderly and vulnerable people without the preferred or necessary level of face-to-face service.

 

“My colleagues and I will continue to fight for urgent action to ensure our communities have full access to adequate banking facilities.”

 

ENDS

COMMUNITY, FINANCE & ECONOMY
Connect
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Email
  • Instagram
Share

The costs of this website have been met out of parliamentary resources.
Any complaints about the content of this website should be directed to the Scottish Parliament Corporate Body,
contact Judith Proudfoot on 0131 348 5307 / judith.proudfoot@scottish.parliament.uk or Kate McGillivray on
0131 348 6222 / kate.mcgillivray@scottish.parliament.uk

Contact
Name
Email
Phone
Message
To comply with data protection regulations (2018), we are unable to store and use your information unless you give us your permission. Please select Yes to allow this. View our Privacy and Data Policy for full details.
© 2019 Jenny Gilruth MSP | All Rights Reserved
?>