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Biggar branch - reprieved until the end of the year.

 

Local customers have to play their part in keeping open the Royal Bank of Scotland branches reprieved last week.

In announcing the closure of more than 60 branches nationally, RBS said that since 2012 the way people used the bank had changed dramatically.

Following an outcry, and pressure from the SNP – and following a meeting I held with RBS - it is now keeping 10 of the threatened branches,
including Biggar and Douglas, open until the end of the year when their use will be reviewed by independent research.

If that finds there is greater usage of a branch, there will be a further review of its future I made the point to RBS that this latest round of closures plus that of the recent past would leave only one branch in the whole of Clydesdale in Lanark.

I believe this disproportionately hits my constituents and I am glad there is a temporary reprieve for both Biggar and Douglas.

It is clear we must find a way to demonstrate to RBS that these branches do and can have a sustainable future and I will be seeking an urgent meeting with RBS to seek clarity in what they need to see in order that they make this temporary change of heart a permanent one.

What is clear for us in Biggar and Douglas is that customers must support these banks if the branches are to have a chance of surviving and this vital local service is not to be lost.

And I will continue to work to get the same recognition for the branches in Strathaven, Carnwath and Lesmahagow in a bid to also keep them open.

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Aileen Campbell MSP, Kirkton Chambers, 12 Kirkton Street, Carluke ML8 4AB • 01555 750 249 • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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