Fears on bank service
MP asks to meet
A West Lothian MP has called for a meeting with RBS following the bank’s decision to slash a town’s mobile banking service by a third.
Hannah Bardell, SNP MP for Livingston, has written to the chief executive of RBS after the bank cut the mobile banking facility in West Calder from twice weekly, on Monday and Thursday, totalling 85 minutes to one single 60-minute visit on a Thursday.
MSPs including Labour’s Neil Findlay and SNP’s Angela Constance have already contacted the bank demanding answers regarding the decision.
Ms Bardell said: “Having previously closed the RBS branch in West Calder, further reducing the mobile banking service is not acceptable.
“There are many in the area who are unable to use online services and will now have even more limited access to essential banking services.”
Neil Findlay, Labour MSP for Lothian, said: “The mobile banking service is vital for many people in a West Calder and the surrounding area.
“People depend on it to keep their financial affairs in order, without it the nearest access to a bank is in Livingston.”
Angela Constance, SNP MSP for Almond Valley, said: “This news is extremely disappointing and will cause a great deal of anxiety especially for those unable to use online banking, for local businesses and for those who have difficulty accessing the remaining branch in Livingston.