Kirkcaldy MP “not confident” of RBS branch closure u-turn

Roger Mullin MP

Roger Mullin MP

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Following talks with RBS, Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath’s new MP, Roger Mullin says he is not confident branch closures in Kelty and Aberdour can be reversed.

He said: “The discussions confirmed these closures are part of a wider bank strategy.

“It seems to me the people in our communities are having to pay twice for the government’s plans to sell off RBS, first by a huge taxpayer loss on the sale of shares held by the government and secondly by the closure of branches.”

Mr Mullin stated he would be writing to the Secretary of State for Scotland to “remind him of his promise” to meet with RBS and brief him on his discussions with the bank last week.

Mr Mullin also expressed concern at a lack of guarantee that the loss of Aberdour and Kelty would be the end of branch closures in the constituency.

He said: “I am very concerned about the future of banking in Scotland, particularly retail banking that should support individuals and SMEs.

“It has therefore been agreed that I meet with the chairman of RBS and others to discuss the bank’s strategy.

“I will also be having a separate meeting with the bank’s chief economist.”

Regarding the future of Kelty and Aberdour bank services, Mr Mullin said: “I made the point that if mobile banking is to be introduced instead of the current branches, it has to be significant, and should follow some form of research and consultation into the extent and timing of services in each community.

He concluded: “The bank has agreed to keep me informed but I also hope the communities themselves will press the bank to give a realistic service to local people and businesses”.