Jardine Demands Better Broadband for Banking

Edinburgh West MP, Christine Jardine, has called on Ministers to ensure that communities in Scotland have good enough broadband coverage to access their finances online.

By David Ronald Evans, Jul 05, 2019 5:07

Christine Jardine speaking at a rally in front of supporters.

Edinburgh West MP, Christine Jardine, has called on Ministers to ensure that communities in Scotland have good enough broadband coverage to access their finances online.

Around a third of banks in Scotland have closed since 2010, and online banking services have become the only option for many people to manage their money.

But with great swathes of Scotland still lacking access to good quality broadband, customers have been left unable to access their accounts.

Ms Jardine commented:

“As more and more of our banks are closing across the country, it’s becoming vital for people particularly in rural and semi-rural communities to have good broadband in order to access online banking facilities.

“But so far, the way in which broadband has been rolled out has frankly not been good enough for these communities.

“Today I sought assurances that DCMS Ministers, the Scottish Government and local authorities are working together to ensure people in Scotland get a better service.

“I received warm words from the Government, but we’ll have to wait and see if these are turned into actions.

“So much of our daily lives is moving online, and it’s vitally important that nobody get left behind.”

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