Fears on bank ser­vice

MP asks to meet

West Lothian Courier - - Courier View - Sean O’Neil

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.

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