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The Economic Secretary to HM Treasury has been invited to Barra and South Uist to gain a better understanding about the implications of the Royal Bank cuts in both islands.


The RBS is close the Castlebay branch while also slashing opening hours of the branch in Lochboisdale.


MP Angus MacNeil asked the senior government minister John Glen to come to the islands to see first-hand what RBS propose to do to the local communities.


Mr MacNeil said: “RBS is 72% owned by the taxpayer and it is only right that the UK Government is aware of the enormous impact bank closures and reduced hours will have on island communities.


“Ross McEwan, CEO of RBS appears to be unwilling to come to the islands to face loyal RBS customers – but from the signals it seems John Glen MP will accept my invitation and seems more concerned than either Ross McEwan or the RBS Chair Sir Howard Davies about RBS island customers being left without a bank.”


Economic Secretary invited to islands over RBS closure

2 February 2018