Moray MP Douglas Ross says he is “extremely disappointed” that the Bank of Scotland have announced the closure of six mobile banking services which visit his constituency.
The bank has confirmed that the mobile service will no longer visit Keith as of 29 May 2024 and Lossiemouth as of 31 May next year.
Bank of Scotland will also remove the mobile banking service from Burghead and Fochabers from May 21 2024, Aberlour on May 22 and Cullen on May 24th.
Douglas says the decision by Bank of Scotland is a “bitter blow” for local communities and businesses and is a further example of how banks are “out-of-touch” with the needs of customers in rural areas like Moray.
He has urged the bank to meet with him as a matter of urgency so he can raise people’s concerns directly and urge them to rethink their decision to stop bringing mobile branching services to Moray.
Moray MP Douglas Ross said: “I am extremely disappointed that the Bank of Scotland have decided to remove mobile banking services from Keith and Lossiemouth, as well as many smaller communities in Moray by the end of May next year.
“These services are vital for these communities who have already suffered from branch closures in the towns. Elderly and vulnerable people in particular continue to want access to banking services in their local area as they simply don’t use online banking.
"Connectivity also remains a major issue for many people living in rural and remote parts of Moray.
“That is why the decision is a bitter blow and sums up how major banks continue to be so out-of-touch with the needs of customers across Moray and indeed throughout Scotland.
“I have sought an urgent meeting with the Bank of Scotland to relay local concerns and see if there is anyway they will continue to deliver mobile banking services in those towns and villages where Bank of Scotland are planning to remove their service."