Edinburgh West MP, Christine Jardine, has today expressed her serious concerns over the number of bank branches that have closed in Scotland in the past four and half years.
New analysis released today by consumer association Which? reveals that more than a third of the country’s bank branches have disappeared, with many of those that remain now offering limited opening times for customers already struggling due to reduced bank access.
The Liberal Democrat MP said:
“I’m appalled by the findings of this analysis, and I have serious concerns about what this will mean for customers across Scotland.
“I appreciate the way in which we access our finances has changed, but having more than a third of Scotland bank branches close their doors is going too far.
“Many people still need somewhere to go to access their finances, and not every problem can be solved online.
“What we need to look at now is whether areas of deprivation are being more badly hit than others, and what banks and government can do to alleviate the consequences.”