The MP Paisley and Renfrewshire North has urged David Mundell, Scotland’s Secretary of State, to make clear what steps the UK government will take to halt the earmarked closure of 15 Scottish branches of Santander, including the branch in Renfrew.
The bank announced plans to close 15 branches in Scotland, which SNP MP Gavin Newlands claims will have a devastating impact on staff, customers and local firms.
Across the UK, Santander will close 140 branches with the Renfrew bank due to close on Thursday 18th July 2019.
The nearest branch will now be at Paisley High Street, Glasgow Argyle Street and Newton Mearns in East Renfrewshire.
Mr Newlands, said: “The closure of 15 Santander branches across our country is another kick in the teeth to our high streets and local communities, I urge the bank to halt these closures and begin a proper consultation with their staff and the communities that depend on them.
“Bank branches, including the Santander in Renfrew, provide vital services that are useful to many in our community, especially those with additional needs and the elderly due to the face-to-face nature of the service. This ultimately means that the important local employment they offer can be valuable for local communities.
“David Mundell needs to get his act together, step-up, and engage with other parties to define what needs to be done by the UK Government in order to halt these closures.”
The planned closure will be the third bank branch to close in Renfrew since June 2017, following Clydesdale and RBS.