Lib Dems hit out at RBS and TSB bank closures in Leith

8 May 2024
A cash machine screen showing a £0.99 fee for debit card withdrawls

The Scottish Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Edinburgh North and Leith Mike Andersen has hit out at both the Royal Bank of Scotland and the TSB Group, after they respectively announced the closures of their last remaining branches in Leith. 

Mike Andersen said: 

"Access to cash is a hugely important issue to the thousands of residents in the north of the city.

"Not only will locals be losing yet another important service, but it hurts tourists and visitors who may be seeking cash out with normal shop hours to use in local bars and restaurants.

"Lib Dems have consistently called on both our governments, in Edinburgh and London, to do more to support local businesses and find a solution to bank branch closures by introducing schemes such as community hubs.

“Both RBS and TSB need to halt these closures and restore the confidence of local people."

Sanne Dijkstra-Downie, Liberal Democrat Councillor for Forth ward said:

“Given that residents are keen for more local services near their homes, it’s incredibly disappointing for my constituents who will now have to travel much further for in-person banking services.

Jack Caldwell, Liberal Democrat Councillor for Leith Walk said:

“Leith as a whole is one of the most densely populated areas in the UK. RBS and TSB both need to rethink this announcement and ensure local residents are fairly supported.”

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