Citizens Advice Scotland has responded to the news that a number of branches of Clydesdale Bank are to close later this year – many of them in rural areas.
Scottish branches scheduled for closure include those in Aberdeen Bridge of Don, Aberdeen Woodside, Auchterarder, Blairgowrie, Bothwell, Bridge of Allan, Bucksburn, Cupar, Edinburgh West End, Glasgow Govanhill, Haddington, Kinross, Kirkcaldy and Whitburn.
Citizens Advice Scotland’s consumer spokesperson Fraser Sutherland says:
“So many people are struggling with their finances at the moment that easy access to bank accounts is really important. For them, these closures will not just be a minor inconvenience but a real problem. Some of the distances people will now have to travel are very worrying – particularly as public transport in many of these areas is not always good and can be expensive.
“We hope that Clydesdale Bank are aware of the implications of removing high-street banking from rural communities - especially for the many residents who have no access to online services.
“It’s not only consumers who lose out, as research has shown that two thirds of small rural businesses visit their local bank every week. Having to travel further will cost money and time that they can ill afford.”