Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) have announced that mobile banking services in West Calder will be cut by almost a third beginning 23rd April.
The mobile bank used to visit West Calder twice per week on a Monday and Thursday, totalling 85 minutes, which is being cut to a single 60 minute visit on a Thursday– making it harder for local businesses and consumers to access banking services.
This news follows mounting closures of high street banks over recent years, leaving RBS with only three operating branches in West Lothian.
Neil Findlay MSP 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.
“For many people this will simply mean they do not visit the bank at all, or have to wait until family or friends can take them into town to do so.
“RBS promised to keep small branches across Scotland open. They did not keep that promise. The mobile banking facility was meant to mitigate these closures, but now they are cutting that too.
“RBS are showing complete disregard for local communities, and simply do not understand that many people are not comfortable with or able to use online facilities. We want a healthy mix between high street and online banking in Scotland – RBS’s plans do not come close.
“I will be writing to the Chief Executive of RBS to demand answers”