MacNeil Calls for RBS to Abandon Branch Closure Plans

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Monday May 28 2018

Isles SNP MP Angus MacNeil (pictured) is calling on RBS to ‘do the right thing’ and abandon plans for branch closures and cuts – including those at Castlebay and Lochboisdale.

Speaking after the publication of a damning report by the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee which calls for RBS to rethink plans and urges the UK Government to step in, Mr MacNeil said:

“The Scottish Affairs Committee report, published this weekend, shows how badly RBS has dealt with the situation and taken no account of the communities, many in remote areas, that will be affected.

 “The government must now step in and take action and insist on a U-turn.”

RBS had given the Castlebay branch a reprieve until the end of this year as one of ten branches due to be evaluated in a review by an independent assessor.

However, an appearance by RBS CEO Ross McEwan at the Scottish Affairs Committee earlier this month highlighted the lack of information on the review process and MPs concluded that ‘it is not currently possible for us to have confidence that this process will be fair and independent.’

Mr MacNeil added:

“It is not yet clear who will carry out the review of Castlebay branch or any other branch; it is not clear what criteria will be looked at; and it is not clear whether the independent reviewer or the bank will be making the decisions.

“On top of that it is difficult to see how RBS can assess the performance of a branch while at the same time trialling a mobile bank service which is clogging up our ferry.

“I hope RBS will see sense and abandon their plans which would also retain opening hours at Lochboisdale.”



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