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Responding to the news that TSB plans to close three branches in North Ayrshire – Kilbirnie, Largs and Saltcoats – North Ayrshire & Arran MP, Patricia Gibson said:

“I am extremely disappointed to learn of these proposed bank closures in North Ayrshire which will leave my constituents at even greater risk of financial exclusion and undoubtedly impact on, and cost the jobs of local staff.

“Following the decision by TSB last year to reduce opening hours of these branches, the decision to withdraw from three of our main towns completely is shocking.

“Both Kilbirnie and Saltcoats suffered RBS and Clydesdale Bank branch closures in recent years and now the TSB is also abandoning our towns.

“I continue to call for banking hubs in our towns since far too many North Ayrshire communities are left with no banking access in their towns. Indeed, I have previously met with Treasury Minister, John Glen MP to discuss banking hubs to tackle the problem of financial exclusion and I am disappointed at the lack of progress on this eminently sensible way forward.

“I have urgently raised the current proposed closures with TSB Chief Executive Debbie Crosbie to see what can be done to reverse this decision and safeguard banking for our communities and will also broach it urgently at Westminster, given that powers over banking is reserved to the UK Government.”

Kilbirnie TSB branch will close on 24 February 2021.

Largs branch will close on 26 April 2021.

Saltcoats will close on 30 March 2021.


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