Christine Jardine, MP for Edinburgh West, has called on the Scottish Government to invest in broadband services to make online banking easier at a meeting of the House of Commons’ Scottish Affairs Committee.
The Lib Dem MP highlighted that banking closures were only one half of the problem, and that improvements to broadband coverage in rural areas was just as important to enabling better accessibility for those who want to use online banking.
It comes after a recent study by Which? revealed that six out of 18 local authorities across the UK that have broadband speeds below the legal minimum speeds are in Scotland.
Following the meeting, Ms Jardine commented:
“There is no doubt that banks need to do more to make their services available for everyone. But there are two sides to the coin, and the Scottish Government must accept responsibility for burying their heads in the sand when it comes to investment in improving online access to finance, particularly for our rural areas
“We need wider broadband coverage across Scotland to give people the choice to bank online, and I am calling on the Scottish Government to take urgent action to make this a reality.
“Otherwise, Scots risk being hit by a double-whammy of bank closures and no online banking services. In today’s day and age, that simply isn’t good enough.